Newl post installation
I am thinking of replacing the handrailing system in my house. I have 4 newl posts. The one on the bottom no ploblem. The second one is at the corner where the stairs turn, also no problem. At the top of the steps there is a post on both sides one connects to the stair rail and becomes about 6 ft of balcony rail, the other top newl is the end of about 8 ft of balcony rail. The problem is that the two top posts are not very firm. The problem is they both sit on top of double joist and the carpenter must not have been able to figure a good way of attachment, he used a metal plate under the newl and screwed to the subfloor. I am looking for ideas to firm up the top two newls. I am planning on using stock rail components , 3 x 3 newls with some turning.
LJ.Smith Stair Systems
"Attachment is the strongest block to realization"
I'm not sure what you mean by a metal plate screwed to the subfloor. If there is a double joist beneath the spot where the post goes, you can use one of those hidden metal anchors, you mortise in the metal plate under the spot where the post goes, screw it to the double joist using some beefy screws, run a lag screw up into the bottom of the post and drive it laterally onto the plate, it wedges into place. The ones I use are called "Key-lock" made by Fastener Unlimited inc. and are sold by most lumberyards.