How To Remove Metal Stair Railing: Steps & Items Needed To Get Rid Of Metal Stair Railing

Steps & Items Needed To Get Rid Of Metal Stair Railing

Changing your metal stair railing on your staircase will simply update the look of your entire space surrounding it. You can also change your traditional metal railing to wood railing or you can also add more decorative spindles to it but first, you have to remove your old metal stair railing, to do this, first you need to collect certain items before going through all the steps to accomplish this task:

Items Required For This Process

  • Safety Goggles, Gloves & Jigsaw
  • Wood & Metal Cutting blades
  • Rubber Mallet & Box Wrench
  • Hammer & Putty Knife
  • 2-By-2-By-6-Inch Wood Block

Steps For This Process

Once you've collected all the required items, now you need to follow all the given steps:
  1. Firstly you have to put on your safety goggles and gloves in order to protect yourself from getting hurt.
  2. Next you need to slide your putty knife betwixt your stair railing and your newel post to break the seal on any glue that has been used previously to hold them unneurotic.
  3. Now you need to look under your stair railing where the railing meets the newel post. Many modern metal stair railings have a small hole on low-level to access the nut which is holding the bolt in the newel post in place inside your metal railing.
  4. Then simply place a thin box wrench into the small hole and then turn the nut levorotatory to loosen it. Remove the nut and then repeat the same process anywhere on your stair railing that meets the newel post of the railing.
  5. Next you need to tap your bottom newel post away from your metal stair railing with the help of a rubber mallet or woodblock and the hammer if you see that there is no hole present under your railing. The newel post needs to be detached from your stair railing by about 1/16 inch.
  6. Next you need to slide your jigsaw with the help of a metal cutting blade betwixt the post and your metal railing. Simply cut downward through with any nails which are holding your railing in place. Repeat this step on the top newel.
  7. Now you need to remove your screws which are holding the base of your newel posts in place. These may be awninged by the wood trim, which you must remove before releasing your newel post. Pry the wood trim away with the help of a pry bar by placing a piece of the cardboard betwixt the railing newel post and your pry bar to avert any damage.Next you need to pull your bottom newel piece up & away from your metal railing. Lift up on your railing by simply tapping it from the bottom with the help of your rubber mallet if indispensable to release the railing from the spindles & then pull the top newel piece away.
  8. Your final step, simply tap the top of the bottommost spindle by using a rubber mallet, forcing it slenderly outward to release the grip of the nails which are holding the spindle base in the accurate place. Work carefully to loose lightly by wiggling it forth & back and then pull up. Repeat this step with your remaining spindles.


If you see that your metal railing is still in good shape & condition then you can donate it to any charitable home-building organization, instead of throwing your railing away, if you are able to remove it in one piece.
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