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 Post subject: Hand rail removal
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:45 pm 
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Can anyone give me some advice on how to remove an old handrail on my stairs. It is an older council house that has been purchased and it is of the solid wood type and has so many layers of paint that I am unsure of where the fixings are for this
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If it's been made correctly, the handrail is fitted to the newels at each end witha mortice and tenon joint, the only fixings should be a dowel through the newel and the tenon.

They're not intended to be removed, usually the only way is to cut the tenon off at least at one end, sometimes both.

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if its a free standing handrail with brackets or affixed to a wall please take a picture
if its pigs ear style [half a heart shape]
it will be screws in the lower1/3

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Thanks for the info, pic attached


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boro wrote:
Thanks for the info, pic attached


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ayjay wrote:
If it's been made correctly, the handrail is fitted to the newels at each end witha mortice and tenon joint, the only fixings should be a dowel through the newel and the tenon.

They're not intended to be removed, usually the only way is to cut the tenon off at least at one end, sometimes both.


ive taken a canny few apart and never yet come across one with a tennon and dowel to hold together. seen plenty where thr newell post is attached to the stringer that way.

taken a few apart that were bolted in victorian houses and on more modern find that mostly they are tennon and nailed

recently i did a oak one and i used those zip bolt things.


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