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How To Install Wood Balusters

Wood balusters, also known as spindles or stair pickets, play a crucial role in supporting stair railings and enhancing the overall aesthetics of your staircase. Whether you’re building a new staircase or renovating an existing one, proper installation of wood balusters is essential. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process step by step. […]

How To Add Wood To Wrought Iron Railing

wood railing with wrought iron balusters

Adding a wood handrail to an existing wrought iron balustrade can enhance the overall look of your railing system without the need to replace the entire banister. Let’s dive into the process, tools required, and the difference between adding versus replacing a wooden handrail. We’ll give you the basic step guide that you must know […]

Landing Tread – What is it?

Landing tread detail

A landing tread is a type of stair part used either under a floor-level banister as a shoe rail or around an intermediate landing of a stairway. In banister applications, it serves as the board on the floor, with balusters and posts installed on top. When used on an actual stair landing, it creates a […]

Plowed Handrail – What is it?

Plowed handrail Shoerail

A plowed handrail is a critical element in staircase design, serving both practical and aesthetic purposes. It ensures a secure connection between the balusters and the handrail while enhancing the overall appearance of the staircase. The handrail features a distinctive groove or channel on its underside, appropriately named the ‘plow.’ This groove is strategically designed […]

Red Oak Stair Parts

red oak tree

What is Red Oak? Red oak (Quercus rubra) stands as one of the iconic hardwoods native to North America. Let’s explore the features of this majestic tree. Description and Characteristics Appearance Growth and Size Longevity  Wood Properties Grain and Texture Durability and Rot Resistance Workability Common Uses Arguably the most recognizable hardwood in the United […]

What is White Oak? A Closer Look at Quercus Alba

white oak stair parts

White oak (Quercus alba) stands tall as one of the preeminent hardwoods in eastern and central North America. Its remarkable qualities, longevity, and versatility make it a prized tree for wood working. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of white oak 1.  Description and Characteristics Appearance Longevity Habitat and Growth Uses and Applications Timber and […]

How To Fix a Loose Stair Spindle or Baluster | Expert Guide

how to fix loose staircase baluster spindle

Stair spindles, also known as balusters, play a crucial role in the safety and aesthetic appeal of your staircase. Over time, these elements can become loose, posing a risk to users, and detracting from the overall look of your home. Fortunately, fixing a loose stair spindle is a straightforward DIY task that can be completed […]

Standard Stair Dimensions & How To Calculate Sizes

Standard Stair-Dimensions & How To Calculate Sizes

When it comes to designing or constructing a staircase, understanding the standard stair dimensions and how to calculate them is crucial for both functionality and compliance with building codes. Staircases are more than just a means to move between floors; they are a blend of art and science, requiring precise measurements to ensure safety and […]

Moulding or Molding – What is the difference?

wood moulding vs molding

When it comes to home improvement, architectural design, or woodworking, you might have come across the terms “moulding” and “molding”. While they may seem like different concepts, they are, in fact, the same thing, distinguished only by regional spelling preferences. The term “moulding” is used in British English, while “molding” is the American English variant. […]

Stair Baluster Spacing and Layout How To Guide

How To Layout Stair Balusters

 How To Layout Stair Balusters Guide When it comes to enhancing the beauty and safety of a staircase, the layout of stair balusters plays a crucial role. Balusters, also known as spindles, are the vertical posts that provide support for the handrail and form part of the balustrade system. A well-planned baluster layout not only […]