How To Replace Front Porch Railing – Porch railings need to be replaced every few years. The normal wear typically begins to show after about five years. You can time your “renovation” when you make upkeeps in your home. But, immediately your porch railing fixed the railing is proven dangerous and could hurt someone. To change your porch railings, you need: tape measure, nail guns, screws and new porch railing.
First, take tape measure and take some of the measurements of your existing front porch railing. Add about four inches to the length you measured the posts on the porch or deck. This will give you some margin for cutting mistakes. While taking measurements, take the time to check for other problems that you may need to fix that loose boards, rotted wood plates and etc. Armed now with your measurements, proceed to hardware or local improvement store to pick out your new design railing. You can choose between wood, vinyl and plastic design. There are many bars on the furniture / hardware, and even department stores, Home Depot sections. Usually there are railings kits already available with instructions for installation. Once you have strips of your dreams, take home your new set. Do not forget to post brackets and screws.
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Back home, removing the old front porch railing. If your railings are attached to a supporting structure, be sure to install temporary supports. Try not to disturb / damage to the key posts. Set in place the new railings. When the rails are firmly in place, secure it with screws or nail gun. You can further secure it using stainless steel or epoxy coated screws. Test your work by putting a little pressure on the railing and wiggling it a little. It must be strong enough and solid enough to withstand the weight of a small child or an adult who can lean against it. While you can buy different colors and styles rail moldings, if you still want to use a new paint job or staining on your new trims can do this!