Newel post removal

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  1. Anyone know the best way to remove and replace either the upstairs o
    downstairs newel post without hacking and butchering the staircase
    which I want to retain

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    Cordless Crazy, Sep 13, 2005
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Cordless Crazy <> wrote:

    > Anyone know the best way to remove and replace either the upstairs or
    > downstairs newel post without hacking and butchering the staircase,
    > which I want to retain?


    If at all possible, keep the bottom foot of so of the old newel post which
    is firmly attached to the staircase. Cut it off at the appropriate level,
    bevel the top, and fit a new upper section. You'll find lots of good
    information and "How to" guides on the Richard Burbidge site at
    http://www.richardburbidge.co.uk/main.asp?page=270

    Burbidge also do a video which most sheds sell for about a fiver which shows
    you how to renew newels and bannisters etc. Well worth the money - and
    refundable if you buy your kit from them.
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    Set Square, Sep 13, 2005
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    Stuart Noble Guest

    Set Square wrote:

    > If at all possible, keep the bottom foot of so of the old newel post which
    > is firmly attached to the staircase. Cut it off at the appropriate level,
    > bevel the top, and fit a new upper section.


    Not easy to get a square cut at this angle. It's worth clamping a
    section of 4 x 2 to the base as a saw guide.
     
    Stuart Noble, Sep 14, 2005
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Chris Bacon <> wrote:

    > Set Square wrote:
    >> Burbidge also do a video which most sheds sell for about a fiver
    >> which shows you how to renew newels and bannisters etc. Well worth
    >> the money - and refundable if you buy your kit from them.

    >
    > Refundable? I'm not surprised! That's about the cost of a single
    > spindle from them (they are, IMO, *very* expensive).


    It's expensive if you buy from the sheds. I got all my stuff from a
    Builder's Merchant at nearly 40% below the retail price.

    The video is worth a fiver - even if you don't get it refunded - or even if
    the do the job with non-Burbidge products. The principles are the same.
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Stuart Noble <> wrote:

    > Set Square wrote:
    >
    >> If at all possible, keep the bottom foot of so of the old newel post
    >> which is firmly attached to the staircase. Cut it off at the
    >> appropriate level, bevel the top, and fit a new upper section.

    >
    > Not easy to get a square cut at this angle. It's worth clamping a
    > section of 4 x 2 to the base as a saw guide.


    I cut through 2 sides of mine with a circular saw, using a clamped-on piece
    of wood as a guide for each cut - and then finished off with a hand saw.
    This gave a nice square cut. Then I put a suitably sized polish tin against
    each vertical face and drew round it to get a nice rounded top shape - which
    I achieved with a hand plane. You can see the general effect in this rather
    grainy photo.
    http://www.hampton-magna.freeserve.co.uk/after.JPG
    If anyone is interested, I could take a close-up of the relevant bit of the
    newel post.
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    Grumble Guest


    > http://www.hampton-magna.freeserve.co.uk/after.JPG
    > If anyone is interested, I could take a close-up of the relevant bit of
    > the
    > newel post.
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    > Cheers,
    > Set Square



    Very flash, I haven't seen spindles like that before. Do they come pre-cut
    to size and you fit the handrail accordingly? I wouldn't like to have to cut
    each one. How about the spindles on the landing, would they be the same
    length as the stairs?

    Grumble
     
    Grumble, Sep 14, 2005
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Grumble <> wrote:

    >
    > Very flash, I haven't seen spindles like that before. Do they come
    > pre-cut to size and you fit the handrail accordingly? I wouldn't like
    > to have to cut each one. How about the spindles on the landing, would
    > they be the same length as the stairs?
    >
    > Grumble


    It's Burbidge's Fusion system, and comes in chrome or gold finish - with the
    wood in a choice of pine, beech or oak. You can get pine spindles, too -
    rather than metal if you prefer.

    The spindles are supplied at a fixed length - with the end fixings attached.
    The landing spindles are longer, and their fixings are perpendicular -
    whereas the stair fixings are angled - and slightly flexible to accommodate
    a range of stair gradients.

    To get the handrail at the right height for the spindles, you have to cut
    the old bottom newel off in the right place - although you could shorten the
    new top section of the bottom newel a bit if necessary. The bracket for the
    top end of the handrail fits round the top newel - so you slide it up and
    down to suit.

    This is what it looks like from the top:
    http://www.mills37.plus.com/stairs.jpg

    And, for good measure, this is what it used to look like:
    http://www.mills37.plus.com/before-up.jpg
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    Guest Guest

    On 14 Sep,
    "Set Square" <> wrote:


    > And, for good measure, this is what it used to look like:
    > http://www.mills37.plus.com/before-up.jpg


    Is that how the house builders left it? I very much doubt if that complies
    with building regs.

    I must get round to doing mine when I get a spare round tuit.
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    Guest, Sep 14, 2005
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    <> wrote:

    > On 14 Sep,
    > "Set Square" <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >> And, for good measure, this is what it used to look like:
    >> http://www.mills37.plus.com/before-up.jpg

    >
    > Is that how the house builders left it? I very much doubt if that
    > complies with building regs.
    >
    > I must get round to doing mine when I get a spare round tuit.


    It's how it was built in the 60's. It presumably complied with the regs at
    that time - before anyone started worrying about not having any gaps which a
    100mm sphere could fall through.
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    Set Square, Sep 15, 2005
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    Stuart Noble, Sep 15, 2005
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    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Stuart Noble <> wrote:

    > Set Square wrote:
    >
    >> http://www.mills37.plus.com/before-up.jpg

    >
    > Nice hat


    Thanks! <g>
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