I have a broken railing in my family room; someone stood on it and caused
the bottom rail to bow and separate from the spindles. It is now held
together with a strap.
If I want to repair it, what do I have to do?
If I remove the railing altogether, how do I fill the hole occupied by the
post? The post goes into the crawlspace and is nailed to a joist.
I'm debating which is the better solution (easy to do, but does not turn off
future buyer of the house).
Well, removing the railing is probably not an option (or at least not
replacing it) as it undoubtedly is there for a reason and wouldn't meet
code w/o it. Hence, that would undoubtedly turn off any future buyer
not to mention probably being unsafe for present.
Can't tell, is bottom rail actually broken or did it just pull off end
of rail? If isn't broken, simply pull apart and adding some
construction adhesive (w/ the end grain glue won't hold but the adhesive
will some) and reclamp back in place. To prevent a recurrence, insert a
support block under the bottom rail every couple of feet spacing evenly.
If it is actually broken, need more details to tell for sure how to take
it down w/ least further damage to replace the lower rail, but that
would be the right solution.
Alternatively, as noted above, you could replace the wooden railing w/ a
metal one if simply want to go at the repair in a brute force manner.
I would use white carpenters glue on everything in sight, hold/prop it
together for 24 hours and then things should be ok. Wipe off any
excess white glue within 10 minutes of first applying it so that you
do not leave any residue on the surface, then after a few days, get a
woodfill crayon at a hardware store in the color to match the wood and
fill in any remaining cracks, voids, etc. These wood fill crayons
come in many colors so it should not be too hard to match your color.
Normally that would be good except what he's needing to hold together is
end grain and the wood glue (white/yellow/whatever) just won't do any
good for any time at all.
_IF_ (the proverbial "big if" he could get underneath to add a screw in
the end of each spindle, that would help a bunch but there's
insufficient clearance to make that likely to be possible.
If the lower rail is actually broken (can't tell from the picture, that
would be good place to use the glue if can get in place and get it
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