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Newel Post Installation


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Newel Posts
Newel Posts will also likely require trimming to length. Obviously, you will remove only from the bottom! How much depends where your Handrail and Bottom Rail will be located, as well as any additional height of Newel Mounting Hardware. Study your Newels and it should be apparent which flat portions of the Newel Posts the Rails are intended to match.


Newel Installation Kit
You'll be glad in the long run if our Newel Installation Kits are used for all Newel Posts. These kits include instructions, but we add here that the liberal use of high-grade long-lasting caulk will pay big dividends in the years to come!

Apply multiple coats of oil-based paint to the Newel bottom (and to the entire Newel, of course) and allow to cure. Completely smear the bottom of Newel with caulk immediately prior to installation. This will go a long way to protecting vulnerable end grain from premature moisture damage.

It is also very important that moisture not be allowed behind the Installation Kit's moulding pieces, as that could allow premature deterioration of the Newel. Therefore, apply caulk to the back side of each of the kit's moulding pieces immediately prior to nailing each to the Newel Post. Spread continuously along the area that will contact the Newel and also along the area that will contact the porch floor.

Caulk should ooze out when the moulding is nailed in place. When it dries, take a knife and trim the excess off. This procedure is a "sealing from within", and is far superior to applying caulk after the Newel and mouldings are installed.

An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure!



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