in most of the stairs i have installed, the newel post is anchored to
the floor in a free standing handrail.
other than doing a total clean install, try this
you can use angle brackets to fasten it to the floor, then cover the
brackets with a base molding.
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There are any number of ways. The most solid would be to make a square
hole in the floor and lag bolt the newel post to a joist. This would
only work if there is a conveniently located joist, and you can make a
long enough newel post.
Steel mounting plates that screw into the floor and newel are also
available (from your local borg or hardware store). I don't know if I
would trust them too much, however.
There's also another system on that web site that attaches to a joist.
I am not sure how it works, but it appears to depend on there being a
conveniently located joist.
Or you can do what I did when I replaced the fugly metal railing in my
house. I assume that the 1X6 does not go all the way to the floor, but
just to the top of the last stair. Install your newel just beyond
that, sitting on the floor rather than on the 1X6 and lag-bolt it to
the end of the stair stringer. You could make 1" holes for the lags
and plug them. It's been there for 12 years, so I guess it's solid
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