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Old 11-21-2008, 06:33 AM  
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We recently purchased a home and discovered the second floor railing is loose. It is the post at the top of the steps which is loose. There is no support from the wall. It is simply anchored to the floor.

How can we tighten this up? One option I thought about was anchoring short metal braces to the floor and to the sides of the post. The floor is carpeted and would hide much of the brace. However, there has to be a better way to do this.

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Old 11-21-2008, 03:56 PM  
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A picture would certainly help us to see what you have to work with. Angled metal brackets are rarely a secure fix for a stair railing. To answer your question accurately, we really need to know how the post is anchored now.

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I have used a long screw for fixing this exact issue. Timberlock or similar lag type. But you need to know what it is already attached to and how. Also be careful of wiring. Usually there is a joist or box beam to catch, but sometimes folks just use a 2x4 block.
I use the longest I think I need, and putty the new hole from the screw.
I try to put it as close to the bottom where it meets the floor.

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