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Builders' Tip: Getting Pinpoint Accuracy in Stair-Rail Joints

 

 

 

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In my experience, people really scrutinize the joints in handrails when judging quality workmanship. The joints are easy to see, and if a misaligned joint doesn’t catch your eye, your hand will eventually find it.

Here’s a tip to help keep those joints between handrail sections — such as the intersection between the easing and the rail — aligned properly:

  • As shown in the accompanying illustration, I set two little brads into the rail and then clip off their heads, leaving pointed brad ends above the rail bolt.

  • Now, when I draw the two pieces together by tightening the nut on the rail bolt, the handrail sections won’t twist.


— Stephen R. Tobin, Ridgefield, Conn.

Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
©2005 The Taunton Press

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This comprehensive assessment measures your expertise in the four key areas of the building industry: building technology, business and finance, project management and sales and marketing.

Your results will show the areas where your knowledge is strongest and weakest and will help determine the courses required for you to obtain your CGB.

To learn where the next BAR will be held, visit NAHB’s education listings, or call the Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154.



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Free NAHB Kit Gives Builders Back-to-Basics Tips to Navigate the Slowdown

What was once expected to be a relatively mild housing slump following three years of record new home construction and sales has given way to a significant downturn.

To help members navigate the uncharted waters of this slowdown, NAHB has compiled a comprehensive “Back to Basics” online toolkit — the best of the basics, the tried and true and the truly new. To access the toolkit, click here.

To access the “Back to Basics” toolkit, you must be an NAHB member and have a login to www.nahb.org. To create a login, go to www.nahb.org/login or click on the log-in button on the main menu bar.

For assistance, call the NAHB Member Service Center at 800-368-5242.

 
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