Installing a Wood Stair Railing Kit from iStairs

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Excited to work on your wood stair railing kit? Here’s a nifty guide on how you can start installing your stair railing kit from iStairs:

  1. Prepare your workspace. A sturdy table can help you assemble parts easily. Check if you have all the necessary parts as well as the right tools for the job. Drills, plastic bags, hole center-finder attachment, nail gun, painter’s tape, rulers, and vice grips are some of the tools you should have at hand so you can easily install the stair railing parts.
    Should you find yourself lost in all the terminologies of stair railing parts, check out this post by iStairs on the different stair railing parts and its definitions.
  1. Using the center finder, mark the center on the bottom of the newel post. Drill a pilot hole in it afterwards.
  2. Determine if the post is square. Afterwards, drill pilot holes through the bracket to mark the exact location where the post is to be installed. Use a flexible shaft to drill holes and drive screws to prevent from damaging the finish on the post.
  3. Depending on the stair railing parts you order, your staircase may come with or without a rosette. Installing the rosette requires a toggle bolt. Attach it to the wall after carefully measuring its correct placement. Take care to tighten the toggle bolt so that you don’t damage the rosette or the wall.
  4. Measure the distance between the newel posts and the rosette. Cut the handrail and toe rail to the distance you got between the newel posts and rosette. Set the toe rail in place using a nail gun with finish nails.
  5. Determine the baluster locations with painter’s tape and magic marker. For accuracy, it’s better to cut a piece of wood to use as gauge for spacing. Take note that the maximum width between points should be no more than 4 inches apart.
  6. Drill holes in the toe rail where the baluster pins will be set. Mark the location of the handrail onto the newel post. Drill a straight hole into the newel post; this hole will receive the hanger bolt.
  7. Install the hanger bolt in the newel post, into the hole you drilled earlier. Use vice grips to install the hanger bolt, but take care not to damage the post’s surface. Drill another straight hole through the end of the handrail. This hole will hold the nuts and washer that will engage the bolt.
  8. It’s time to connect the handrail and the newel post! Slide the rail onto the hanger bolt, then install the washer and nut provided in your kit. Some stair railing parts kit have its own special wrench; use this to tighten the nut.
  9. Set the assembly in place. The base of the newel goes over the pre-drilled holes. Attach the handrail to the rosette via the hanger bolt; use a washer and nut to secure the handrail to the wall. It is advisable to assemble some of the balusters while you tighten the nut. Afterwards, place the remaining balusters as well.
  10. Install the newel posts for good. Set up the balusters, and start installing the filets (small spacers) in between each baluster.
  11. Congratulations! You have just finished installing your stair railing parts kit from iStairs!