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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Laurel and Hardy strike again

Oh the continuing saga of the Laurel and Hardy staircase re-do.  Among the errors that we have uncovered in the original construction - and by we I mean Honey - was one that really explained why the handrail felt so wobbly and insecure.  The hand rail is attached to the baserail by the spindles so once I removed the spindles the hand rail should have gotten more wobbly.  Well - guess whaaaat - it did not. 

So Honey investigated and discovered that the baserail was only attached to the wall with one finishing nail at each end.  Yep 2 tiny little nails. 

So Honey got his forshner bit out and drilled holes at the stringer going down the baserail.  We inserted 3 inch deck screws and covered them with wood plugs then sanded the plugs flush  with the baserail.  It is not 100 percent attractive but it is definately stable

This is what it looks like with just the plugs, before staining

This is the baserail and plugs stained - no poly yet.  Most of them fade rather well

Even though it is alot of work, I am glad Honey was able to make sure that it is more than just "pretty" when we are done.

Stay tuned for more adventures of Laurel and Hardy!!


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