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Balustrade Installation Instructions
1. Placement of the Newel Posts
Place newel posts in the desired locations. Mark the outside edges of the posts and remove. Calculate 1/2 the width of the newel post and mark from the outside edge line of the newel post position. This marks the center where the newel post hardware needs to be installed.
2. Mortise out the top and bottom rail
Before final attachment of the top angle brackets to the Newel Post (Figure 1-a). Mortise out the depth of the bracket out of the top rail.
3. Securing Angle Brackets to Newel PostsThe information you will need to do this is:
Height of baluster (not including pipe)
Height of bottom rail
Distance of bottom rail from substrate (Floor).
Locate the following components from the hardware kit:
Aluminum angles (2 per newel post)
1/4" Hex Head Bolt (x8)
1/4" Hex Head Nut (x8)
Lock washers (x8)
A: Determine the placement of your bottom rail.
Option 1: If your bottom rail will be attached to the substrate (floor), you do not need to recess and attach the bottom rail support bracket. Proceed and attach the top bracket as outlined Step B and C.
4. Preparing the Rails
It is important that the rails are assembled with the proper surfaces facing up and down according to product drawings. The number of balusters required for each span of balustrade is determined using The National Building Codes 4" ball rule.
5. Attaching Balusters to Rails
When installing balusters to top and bottom rail, use "coarse A" sandpaper or a steel brush to remove paint from the top and bottom of the baluster and the rail area that the baluster is being attached to. Apply a bead of polyurethane adhesive (PL Premium) to all contact surfaces and allow to set according to manufacturers instructions. Place balusters into holes on bottom rail and ensure they are turned straight. Lay the top rail over the balusters, line up the balusters to the holes and drop into place. Use a rubber mallet to tap the top rail down to ensure a tight fit. Toe-nailing balusters to the rails is also acceptable. It is recommended that the rail-baluster assembly be clamped together during the adhesive drying time (minimum 24 hours). Cargo load straps work well, use cardboard or other materials to protect the top and bottom rails while tightening. Follow adhesive manufacturer's recommended curing time and clean up procedures. When the section is strapped together, you can patch nail holes with an interior/ exterior vinyl spackling compound.
6. Securing Newel Post to Substrate (Floor)
Go to your placement markings, fix the metal piece (containing the four holes and the welded 1/2" nut to it) by the four 5/16"dia. screws as shown.
7. Mount Rail Assembly to Newel Post
Bottom Rail Resting on Substrate
Step A - Bottom Hardware for this application is not required. Apply adhesive and "Toe-nail" with 3" wood screws to
newel post (screws not included). Use a minimum of 4 screws (2 per side). Patch with an interior/exterior vinyl
spackling or bondo.
Bottom Rail Raised Above the Substrate (Floor)
Step A - Mount the rail-baluster assembly onto the brackets secured to the newel post. Use the 1 1/4" hex hed bolt
and adhesive on the bottom rail to secure the rails to the angle brackets and Post.
8. Decorative Caps and Balls
To install the decorative caps and/or balls you have chosen for the top of the newel post, apply adhesive to all contact surfaces of the cap and newel post. Center the cap on the post and apply. Screws may be used to secure the cap to the post although the adhesive is strong enough to bond permanently
9. Support Blocks Under Bottom Rail
In order to ensure the stability and integrity of the balustrade system, we recommend any rail section between two structural members with a span of more than 96", to be installed with the use of a support block. Support blocks should be placed in the center of the rail section spaning the structural members when required. Anchor the support blocks to the substrate and the bottom rail by toe-nailing them and using PL Premium adhesive.
Caulk all balusters and rails as desired with a high quality flexible all weather sealant prior to painting. All Architectural Ornament products are supplied with a white double primed finish, ready for the customers applied finish topcoat. A high quality 100% acrylic paint should be used.