DESIGNER RAIL INSTALLATION TIPS

 

 

                          FOR HARDWOODS

 

 

 

   FOR HARDWOODS & SOFTWOODS

 

 

 

 INSTALLATION OVERVIEW:

>  Measure and cut top and bottom sub-rails separately.

    (don't assume that sub-rails are the same length as the rail posts may not be plum)

>  Lay sub-rails for each section side by side on the ground splitting the difference in length if there are uneven sub-rails.

>  Measure to the direct center point of the longest sub-rail (if applicable) and make a small mark with a pencil.

>  Work out on both sides of this point marking every 4-3/4" to the ends.  These marks will serve as screw placement for

    the Balustar connector or center point for drilling a 3/4" hole.  This measurement will ensure a 3-3/4" opening once the

    Designer Rail balusters are placed.  Most building codes do not allow more than a 4" opening in any part of the rail system.

>  After the Balustars are mounted or holes are drilled (softwoods) place Designer Rail balusters at their respective points.

 

STAIR INSTALLATION OVERVIEW:

>  It is recommended to install stair sections including stringers and treads prior to installing Designer Rail on stairs.

>  Place sub-rails on stair section and repeat measurement element from above instructions.

>  Drill a very shallow 3/4" diameter hole 90 degrees at each mark using a Forstner bit for Ipe or paddle bit for softwoods.

    (see illustration below)

>  The shallow hole drilled at a 90 degree angle will conceal the straight cut of the Designer Rail baluster.

>  After drilling all holes, mount a Balustar fastener in the center of each hole.

>  The sub-rail is now ready to accept the Designer Rail Baluster.

 

 

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