Scott Hatfield
Scott Hatfield Dork
4/14/18 11:54 a.m.

My stair banister has come loose thanks to a compression type baby gate that pushes on the banister. 

You can see how far it has separated from the cap (pic 2). My question is how do I fix this? And do these cap/rivet things have screws or nails underneath? This is an older Ryan home from 1969. 

 

 

Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
4/14/18 8:44 p.m.

I'd be tempted to fill it up with wood glue, and then maybe some screws at an angle up from the side (that way the screw head is less visible).

If that didn't work I'd slam some screws down from the top and then fill/paint if I really cared about looks. Good news is the white paint will make whatever you do much easier to hide than a stained finish.

MazdaFace
MazdaFace HalfDork
4/14/18 8:52 p.m.

Yinz lol

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
4/14/18 9:24 p.m.

A butter knife is not a carpentry tool

darn yinzers

Scott Hatfield
Scott Hatfield Dork
4/15/18 7:00 a.m.

In reply to Patrick :

Anything’s a carpentry tool if you try hard enough. I actually used that butter knife to fish out an old button that had wedged itself down in there. 

Scott Hatfield
Scott Hatfield Dork
4/15/18 7:00 a.m.

In reply to Robbie :

I think I’m gonna counter sink some screws down from the top. Seems like the only choice right now. 

wae
wae SuperDork
4/15/18 7:08 a.m.
Patrick said:

A butter knife is not a carpentry tool

darn yinzers

Wait.  What?

Next you're going to tell me that Home Depot is not a place to shop for intercooler plumbing.

wae
wae SuperDork
4/15/18 7:10 a.m.
Scott Hatfield said:

In reply to Robbie :

I think I’m gonna counter sink some screws down from the top. Seems like the only choice right now. 

Maybe pop the plugs off the existing screws, use an impact driver to pull them out, put some toothpicks in the holes, and drive them back in?

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
4/15/18 8:22 a.m.

There are screws under those plugs.  Plugs may be glued, in which case wood glue is stronger than wood and may break things.  I would get some flush plugs, make the correct size holes for the plugs and add new screws, then sand/fill the plugs and repaint.  

That’s the professional opinion.  If it were my house i’d weld up a new railing out of steel

TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte UltraDork
4/15/18 12:41 p.m.
Scott Hatfield said:

In reply to Robbie :

I think I’m gonna counter sink some screws down from the top. Seems like the only choice right now. 

Long lag bolts, go big or go home.

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