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NEWEL POSTS & RAILINGS INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

IMPORTANT : Be sure to mark the center point of each newel post’s location prior to installation to insure proper spacing. All joints, ceiling/wall interfaces must use PL Premium Adhesive (read directions before use) for warranty purposes & to ensure lasting installation.

A. DETAILS OF SECURING OF NEWEL POST TO CONCRETE


1. Center thread rod on centermark of post location and mark anchor location.


2. Drill 3/8 “ hole to minimum depth of 1 1/4”. Clear holes and insert anchor into hole, tapping the anchor in until flush with surface of concrete. Using a setting pin (metal pin or similar tool) strike with sharp blows until anchors are set.


3. Thread rod into anchor and tighten.

B. DETAILS OF SECURING OF NEWEL POST TO WOOD DECKING


1. Install blocking if required (minimum requirement : 2“ X 6“ CCA treated Southern Pine) beneath the center of each newel post, fastening with screws or nails to deck joists.


2. Center floor flange on top of center-mark of post location and secure to decking and blocking with 3 “ lag screws.


3. Thread 1/2” rod into welded nut on floor flange and tighten with Vise Grips.


** Note it is suggested to fill the inside of the newel posts with concrete once the installation is complete, but before installing newel caps. This will make a much more stable system.


C. DETAILS OF “C” CHANNEL POST FASTENER


1. Place newel post over thread rod and insert “C” channel into mortised slot in the top of newel post with open side of the “C” channel to the top, flush with the surface of post. Be sure to use PL Premium between the newel and decking material.

2. Position the newel post where desired and tighten down nut.

3. Trim excess rod flush with top or use as dowel for newel cap.

D & E. DETAILS OF BRACKET INSTALLATION & RAIL ATTACHMENT


1. Measure the combined height of the bottom rail and baluster. This is the distance between angle brackets used to install the top and bottom railings.

2. Locate, center and level each bracket in newel post and drill holes for bolts. Each bolt should have 2 lock washers, 2 flat washers and 1 nut. Attach brackets with a minimum of one the 1/4” bolt and 2 - 2” x #12 screws. Locate the bolt in the center hole location of the bracket, threading the bolt from the inside of the post to the outside for ease of tightening nut.(this applies only to newel posts with PVC pipe). For posts with no PVC pipe, use bolts on all three holes.


3. The support brackets can also be mortised into the newels for a cleaner installation. Remove post for mortise operation if desired. Measure thickness of brackets and mortise newel post to proper depth for each bracket. Fasten brackets as per step 2 and return post to its location and secure. (Remember to use PL Premium)


4. Notch bottoms of both rails to accept brackets. (optional)

RAIL & BALUSTER ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION

IMPORTANT: Railings are designed to span a distance of no more than eight feet, and must be end secured by walls, newel posts or other strong supporting members.

1. Measure distance between center of newel posts at height of brackets and cut rails to length.


2. Measure size of angle bracket and notch bottom end of each rail to accept bracket. (optional)


3. Measure the layout for balusters and drill holes in top and bottom rails according to the size required for type of baluster (see guide). Holes should penetrate supporting pipe in railing.


4. Rough all glue surfaces well with coarse sandpaper exposing the polyurethane material beneath the paint. Be sure to do this on bottom and top of balusters, where balusters contact with rail, rails contact with newel posts, newel posts or other parts contact walls or ceilings.


5. Apply adhesive to bottom and tops of balusters and into holes of rails. Install balusters into bottom rail then top rail, making sure they are properly aligned. This must be done within 45 minutes of applying PL Premium adhesive. Apply enough adhesive so that it will squeeze out to the edges when it is compressed. Wipe off excess adhesive as quickly as possible.


6. Place mechanical supports (straps, clamps,..etc.) every 2’- 3’ with protective material between rails and supports to keep from damaging edges. Caulk gaps between balusters and railings with high quality paintable exterior sealant. Clamp for 24 hrs. before continuing.


7. Apply adhesive to the ends of rails and place on angle brackets. Secure with self-threading screws. Caulk all edges.


8. Apply cap/ball with adhesive and screws.

NOTE: If span of railing is 8 FEET or more, use a polyurethane support block at the center of the bottom rail. Glue and caulk.
PAINT PREPARATION: Caulk all areas before painting. Use a quality product for all spot priming. For finish coat use a quality oil based paint that meets all fire codes.

COLUMN & POST ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION

IMPORTANT: Top and bottom rails must be measured separately
The same directions for the installation of newel posts apply to the installation of posts and columns, except that the rails should be measured with the knowledge that they must be slightly longer to accommodate the wrap around of the circumference of the post/column.

To ensure proper fitting:
1. Measure the widest part of the rail.
IMPORTANT: if the widest area is not used for the measurement, a poor wrap will result (see details A & B illustrated).

2. Make a template of the radius of the of the post/column. Draw the width of the rail on the template so that the end points of the measurement touch the edges of the radius (see details illustrated right)

3. Draw a 2nd line at 90 degrees from the center of the 1st line to the edge of the template. The length of the 2nd line is the depth required to be coped from the end of the rail. This is also the extra length required when measuring the rails (x 2).

4. Draw a line the required length 90 degrees from the center of the rails edges on the flattest part (usually the bottom) and trace coping line with the template.

5. Remove post/column from location to mortise for brackets. Mortise the thickness of the bracket plus the same measurement used for the coping. Be sure not to mortise too deep as the bracket will not show enough surface for the rail to mount.

6. Notch the bottom of each rail to accommodate brackets. (optional)

7. Thoroughly rough all glue surfaces and apply PL Premium adhesive.

8. Use mechanical supports as required.

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First Class Building Products, Inc
3600 Dallas Highway, Suite 230-387
Marietta, GA 30064 (Atlanta)
Toll Free: 1.888.514.8141
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