good porches deserve a good railing. Even if it is not a good porch you
need a railing so that you don't fall off and break a leg.
For this project the customer chose an era correct looking railing with
decorative spindles. Local building codes require a 42" high railing
when you are 8" above ground level or more.
railing's bottom rail was secured to the existing porch posts with brackets
that came with the railing system. We secured them to the posts with 2"
stainless steel screws. Stainless steel fasteners are more expensive than
others but are much better to use on outdoor projects.
laid out each section of railing and used a spacer block between each
spindle to keep the spacing consistant. The top and bottom lattice was
attached with 2" stainless finish nails.
the bottom rail attached to brackets the railing section is placed in
the bottom rail groove. The top rail had to be attached to the round porch
posts. To accomplish this we used a contour guage to give us our dimensions
for the round cut.
The contour guage is pushed aginst the post and the resulted dimension
is transferred to the top rail. A jig saw was used to make the circular
The top rail
was then inserted over the top of the railing section and attached to
the posts with 3" stainless screws.
This procedure was repeated for each railing section. To strenghthen the
railing we attached a small block of wood under the bottom rail of each
Our customer elected to paint the railing himself. We recommended a oil
base primer and two coats of a good quality trim paint.
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