Newel Post Installation

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I want to install my post without any obvious connections. I bought a post fastener, but I cannot drill deep enough to install it. I ran into a metal obstacle. So, I decided to make a template from the old newel post and use it and hanger bolts. I think the bolts are too short. The post stands up, but it is not secure. My question is – should I replace the bolts with longer ones or drill more holes on either side of the center hole and uses longer bolts there?

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Gemini 4 months 3 Answers 108 views 0

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    The one thing you don’t want to do is attach your post right to the flooring. Just not strong enough. So you’ll have to try to attach to the framing if you can get to it.
    Here are some links, check these out and see if this is something you can do.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stair-Parts-5-in-Unfinished-Poplar-Box-Newel-Attachment-Kit-9400P-500-HD00L/202088455

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stair-Parts-3-1-2-in-Steel-Rail-Bolt-9400K-312-HD00L/202088478

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    The hole in the middle is very shallow – 1.5 inches. There’s a piece of metal in it so I cannot use it for this purpose. I had bought a super UT post fastener, but it needs to go down 6 inches.

    I’ve attached more pictures. The post will stand up on the three screws, but it isn’t secure.


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    It really depends. I would just use one bigger right in the middle. You may have to get a bigger longer one. Can you post more pictures?

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