UPDATE: It’s been pointed out to me that I’ve been referring to this incorrectly, and I’ve actually been working to tighten up my newel post, and not the entire banister. I’ve updated my post to reflect that.

The banister next to our stairs headed to the second floor was loose when we moved in. A long while back, I made a video on YouTube, asking for help. I managed to fix it on my own not long after, but finally got around to taping the fix today.

All you need for this fix

  • A drill (or preferably an impact hammer),
  • Some 3.5″ or 4″ #9 wood screws
  • About 5 minutes of your time!

Check out the full walkthrough after the jump!

  1. The only thing really holding a newel post like mine up are some screws “toed-in” to hold it to the sub-floor.
  2. Therefore, all you need to do is just improve the grip between the post and the sub-floor. I had some 4″ wood screws laying around, so I just used what I already had
  3. I originally removed the quarter-round base around the bottom of the post, but I really didn’t need to. I just need to run some screws in at about 45 degrees.
  4. I put 3 screws into the three sides that were accessible, and it was MUCH improved.

5 minutes and 9 screws later, I’m much more confident that the banister will hold me and my family when it’s needed.

Source: Fixing a Loose Banister on YouTube

Fixing a Loose Newel
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