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Wrought Iron Stair Baluster Installation is Easy!!!

Preparation is Key!

Preparing your stairs for wrought iron baluster installation is easy. The purpose of this step is to protect the rest of your stairs as well as your furniture. Stair installations will be much smoother without the furniture and wall repairs later.

  • Cover any nearby furniture with 3mil plastic sheathing.
  • Remove anything from the walls adjacent to stairs so that they are not accidentally knocked off.
  • Prepare your workspace and needed tools. Tools you will need include :
    • Utility knife, pry bar, Saws All, Band Saw, Sander or Sand Paper, Drill and bits, Tape measure, Level, Balusters, Newel posts (if replacing), Handrail (if replacing), Fittings, Hardware, Screws, Stain, Paint, Polyurethane, Finishing nails (for wood).

Once you have selected your wrought iron baluster stair pattern, please call us today at 713-360-6976 or e-mail us at sales@stairwaymakeovers.com to speak with a seasoned professional and stair designer to assist you in selecting your wrought iron stair balusters and other stair parts.

Now Get Those Wooden Balusters Outta There!

The next step in installing beautiful wrought iron stair balusters is to remove the old wooden balusters. Some existing installations may not be up to code, so some extra drilling may be needed to space the new wrought iron stair balusters properly.

  • Cut the wooden stair balusters at their their thinnest point with a saws all.
  • Twist and remove the wooden stair balusters from the top and base.
  • Clean out any remaining glue and/or nails left by the stair balusters.
  • Lay out the wourght iron stair baluster pattern you are retrofitting to assure proper fit and adherance to code.
  • If cap has hole already you should screw a 2" drywall screw until about 3/8" is left to support baluster, otherwise drill a 9/16" diameter hole about 5/16" deep.

Not sure of a wrought iron stair baluster pattern that fits your needs? We have built a catalog of popular wrought iron stair baluster patterns HERE for you to choose from.

Wrought Iron Stair Baluster Pattern Catalog

Once you have selected your wrought iron baluster stair pattern, please call us today at 713-360-6976 or e-mail us at sales@stairwaymakeovers.com to speak with a seasoned professional and stair designer to assist you in selecting your wrought iron stair balusters and other stair parts.

Those Wrought Iron Balusters are Going to Look Beautiful!

Now comes the fun and easy part of your new beautiful wrought iron stair baluster installation. This step includes cutting and measuring the wrought iron stair balusters and gluing the wrought iron stair balusters into the stair handrail.

  • After confirming the layout (making sure the spacing is no further than 4 1/2" apart) drill any necessary additional holes to accomodate wrought iron stair balusters.
  • slide the top of the wroght iron stair baluster into the stair handrail, rest against the cap, mark level with cap, and then cut just about 1/8" the mark.
  • Modify any wrought iron stair bluster shoe if necessary for fit.
  • Place the wrought iron stair shoes onto the wrought iron stair baluster.
  • Inject epoxy glue into both upper and lower holes on the stair handrail and stair cap.
  • Slide the upper end of the wrought iron stair baluster into the stair handrail and slide the wrought iron stair baluster back down into the stair cap, spread epoxy at the base of the wrought iron stair baluster to secure the shoe.
  • Allow the epoxy to cure 24 hours before touching the wroght iron stair balusters.

Once you have selected your wrought iron baluster stair pattern, please call us today at 713-360-6976 or e-mail us at sales@stairwaymakeovers.com to speak with a seasoned professional and stair designer to assist you in selecting your wrought iron stair balusters and other stair parts.

Now all Thats Left is the Cleanup

Just think, your beautiful new wrought iron stair baluster installation on your staircase is almost ready to show off to the neighbors. All thats left is some minor cleanup of your stairs.

  • Remove the plastic sheathing from your furniture.
  • Remove any epoxy drips from balusters.
  • Use wood filler to fill in any holes left from spacing issues.
  • Touch up paint and stain around any blemishes left by the installation.

Now, wasnt that easy? All that is left to do now is show your new stairs to your neighbors! You can have a party and brag to your guests how easy your new wrought iron stair baluster installation was to complete. Even better, if you refer them to this site and have them contact us and let us know you referred them, we will offer you a gift of appreciation.

Once you have selected your wrought iron baluster stair pattern, please call us today at 713-360-6976 or e-mail us at sales@stairwaymakeovers.com to speak with a seasoned professional and stair designer to assist you in selecting your wrought iron stair balusters and other stair parts.

Here is one of our articles featured in a local remodeling newsletter:

Swap Wooden Spindles for Iron Balusters

Author: David Kalinec, Jr.

Have you ever looked at a possible project and considered the pros and cons of doing it yourself? Have you ever hired a handyman for a project and observed how simple it actually was and tried to figure out how much you could have saved? Well this article is for you.

Your staircase; is the centerpiece of your home, and it is most often the first home fixture guests see as they walk in the front door. Most homes built before the past few years were built with wooden balusters. We are here to show you how easy it is to add the elegance of wrought iron yourself and save a good deal performing your own baluster swap. The first step is finding a quality supplier to get your parts. They will have a knowledgeable staff to help you design the layout and answer any major questions you have. Order the parts, and they can be delivered to your door in a few days. All you should need are the balusters, shoes, and epoxy.

The next step is preparation and removal of your old balusters. Place some sheathing over objects you want to protect from wood dust, debris, and the occasional epoxy drip. You will need a saws all and some pliers for this part. Find the narrowest part of your baluster near the base and cut there. Cut all of the balusters. Then come back and twist each piece out and remove the toe nail with the pliers if needed. Then sand away any glue residue.

The most difficult task is installing the balusters. A chop saw with a diamond blade, or a portable bandsaw is the best tool for this job. Lay the balusters beside the hole they will be inserted to make sure that you like the pattern and that you have enough pieces. Next, place the baluster up into the top hole, mark the bottom, then cut just above the mark. Place the shoe on the bottom of the baluster, insert the baluster into the top hole, move the bottom into position, drop in the hole. Then glue the top of the baluster and the bottom and in the shoe, set the shoe, and move to the next baluster. Make sure all shoes are parallel to the cap, and be sure to let the epoxy cure overnight before touching the balusters. Then just go back through and touch up stain and paint. Not every job is this simple, but this article will get you through most of them.

About the Author:

President of Houston's fastest growing Stair Company. Please call us today at 713-360-6976 for your appointment or visit us online at http://www.stairwaymakeovers.com.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.com - Swap Wooden Spindles for Iron Balusters

Remember, we build and remodel stairs, stairways, and staircases, as well as sell wrought iron stair parts in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas TX markets. Call us today at 713-360-6976 or email us at sales@stairwaymakeovers.com

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