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Banister fixed or replaced?

The Bannister at the top of our stairs has been damaged by the previous owner and I wondered if I would need to replace the whoke thing or is it fixable. It looks as though they just cut through a section if it out, maybe to get some furniture up the stairs. Then they have essentially just glued it back together. Which means it's not that solid and doesn't look that great.

2 Answers from MyBuilder Carpenters & Joiners

A skilled tradesman will be able to salvage the old bannister by joining it together with a biscuit joiner which will provide strength and rigidity. Then spindles need to go back in their place, wood filler wherever is needed, sanding and then paint or varnish, depending on your choice.

2018-01-15T19:05:02+00:00

Answered 15th Jan 2018

If the bannister needs to be removed to be repaired then the additional cost of a new complete length of bannister will be relatively small compared to the cost of the job and will be a much better repair. If removing the banister to replace or repair is too much trouble there are are special handrail bolts which can be fitted within the bannister from the underside and tightened to close the joint together. If it is paired finish then any damage caused by the previous cut can be filled and repaired to make invisible. If it is a natural wood finish it is probably best to replace it if you want it to look as good as new.

2018-01-30T08:55:01+00:00

Answered 30th Jan 2018

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