NEWEL POSTS &
RAILINGS INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT : Be sure
to mark the center point of each newel post’s location prior to
installation to insure proper spacing. All joints, ceiling/wall
interfaces must use PL Premium Adhesive (read directions before use) for
warranty purposes & to ensure lasting installation.
A. DETAILS OF
SECURING OF NEWEL POST TO CONCRETE
1. Center thread rod
on centermark of post location and mark anchor location.
2. Drill 3/8 “ hole
to minimum depth of 1 1/4”. Clear holes and insert anchor into hole,
tapping the anchor in until flush with surface of concrete. Using a
setting pin (metal pin or similar tool) strike with sharp blows until
anchors are set.
3. Thread rod into
anchor and tighten.
B. DETAILS OF
SECURING OF NEWEL POST TO WOOD DECKING
1. Install blocking
if required (minimum requirement : 2“ X 6“ CCA treated Southern Pine)
beneath the center of each newel post, fastening with screws or nails to
2. Center floor
flange on top of center-mark of post location and secure to decking and
blocking with 3 “ lag screws.
3. Thread 1/2” rod
into welded nut on floor flange and tighten with Vise Grips.
** Note it is
suggested to fill the inside of the newel posts with concrete once the
installation is complete, but before installing newel caps. This will
make a much more stable system.
C. DETAILS OF “C”
CHANNEL POST FASTENER
1. Place newel post
over thread rod and insert “C” channel into mortised slot in the top of
newel post with open side of the “C” channel to the top, flush with the
surface of post. Be sure to use PL Premium between the newel and decking
2. Position the newel
post where desired and tighten down nut.
3. Trim excess rod
flush with top or use as dowel for newel cap.
D & E. DETAILS OF
BRACKET INSTALLATION & RAIL ATTACHMENT
1. Measure the
combined height of the bottom rail and baluster. This is the distance
between angle brackets used to install the top and bottom railings.
2. Locate, center and
level each bracket in newel post and drill holes for bolts. Each bolt
should have 2 lock washers, 2 flat washers and 1 nut. Attach brackets
with a minimum of one the 1/4” bolt and 2 - 2” x #12 screws. Locate the
bolt in the center hole location of the bracket, threading the bolt from
the inside of the post to the outside for ease of tightening nut.(this
applies only to newel posts with PVC pipe). For posts with no PVC pipe,
use bolts on all three holes.
3. The support
brackets can also be mortised into the newels for a cleaner
installation. Remove post for mortise operation if desired. Measure
thickness of brackets and mortise newel post to proper depth for each
bracket. Fasten brackets as per step 2 and return post to its location
and secure. (Remember to use PL Premium)
4. Notch bottoms of
both rails to accept brackets. (optional)
BALUSTER ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION
are designed to span a distance of no more than eight feet, and must be
end secured by walls, newel posts or other strong supporting members.
1. Measure distance
between center of newel posts at height of brackets and cut rails to
2. Measure size of
angle bracket and notch bottom end of each rail to accept bracket.
3. Measure the layout
for balusters and drill holes in top and bottom rails according to the
size required for type of baluster (see guide). Holes should penetrate
supporting pipe in railing.
4. Rough all glue
surfaces well with coarse sandpaper exposing the polyurethane material
beneath the paint. Be sure to do this on bottom and top of balusters,
where balusters contact with rail, rails contact with newel posts, newel
posts or other parts contact walls or ceilings.
5. Apply adhesive to
bottom and tops of balusters and into holes of rails. Install balusters
into bottom rail then top rail, making sure they are properly aligned.
This must be done within 45 minutes of applying PL Premium adhesive.
Apply enough adhesive so that it will squeeze out to the edges when it
is compressed. Wipe off excess adhesive as quickly as possible.
6. Place mechanical
supports (straps, clamps,..etc.) every 2’- 3’ with protective material
between rails and supports to keep from damaging edges. Caulk gaps
between balusters and railings with high quality paintable exterior
sealant. Clamp for 24 hrs. before continuing.
7. Apply adhesive to
the ends of rails and place on angle brackets. Secure with
self-threading screws. Caulk all edges.
8. Apply cap/ball
with adhesive and screws.
NOTE: If span of
railing is 8 FEET or more, use a polyurethane support block at the
center of the bottom rail. Glue and caulk.
PAINT PREPARATION: Caulk all areas before painting. Use a quality
product for all spot priming. For finish coat use a quality oil based
paint that meets all fire codes.
POST ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION
IMPORTANT: Top and
bottom rails must be measured separately
The same directions for the installation of newel posts apply to the
installation of posts and columns, except that the rails should be
measured with the knowledge that they must be slightly longer to
accommodate the wrap around of the circumference of the post/column.
To ensure proper
1. Measure the widest part of the rail.
IMPORTANT: if the widest area is not used for the measurement, a poor
wrap will result (see details A & B illustrated).
2. Make a template of the radius of the of the post/column. Draw the
width of the rail on the template so that the end points of the
measurement touch the edges of the radius (see details illustrated
3. Draw a 2nd line at
90 degrees from the center of the 1st line to the edge of the template.
The length of the 2nd line is the depth required to be coped from the
end of the rail. This is also the extra length required when measuring
the rails (x 2).
4. Draw a line the
required length 90 degrees from the center of the rails edges on the
flattest part (usually the bottom) and trace coping line with the
5. Remove post/column
from location to mortise for brackets. Mortise the thickness of the
bracket plus the same measurement used for the coping. Be sure not to
mortise too deep as the bracket will not show enough surface for the
rail to mount.
6. Notch the bottom
of each rail to accommodate brackets. (optional)
7. Thoroughly rough
all glue surfaces and apply PL Premium adhesive.
8. Use mechanical
supports as required.