The banister is wobbly, how can I make it more sturdy?

Bonnie witlam
by Bonnie witlam
We are in a rental house, short of tearing out the whole railing, any ideas on how I can sure up a wobbly railing?
One side is fine the other...not so fine.
  12 answers
  • Carole Carole on Aug 30, 2015
    Report it to the landlord. It is a safety issue and the landlord should pay to fix it up for you. If you are renting via a real estate agent who is managing the property for the landlord you should not have any problem getting it fixed. There are laws that govern rental properties and the landlords obligations towards their tenants. Good luck.
  • Z Z on Aug 31, 2015
    Yes, please contact your landlord.
  • Melody McSweeney Melody McSweeney on Aug 31, 2015
    Yep - landlord is liable and needs to fix on his/her dime.
  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Aug 31, 2015
    If the landlord doesn't come through. . . squeeze wood glue into the opening that holds the spindles to the railing. Set the spindle so it is upright in its position. If you can’t get glue into the opening, fill a syringe with glue and inject the glue into the opening. Drill small holes suitable for 2d or 4d finishing nails at an angle through the baluster and into the railing to keep the wood from splitting. Drive the finishing nails into the pilot holes with a hammer to secure the baluster piece in place.
  • Jean Thompson Jean Thompson on Aug 31, 2015
    Make sure you document your contact with the landlord, write down Dates you called them on the phone and also its a good idea to send them a Registered Letter, make a copy before sending.. and write down or save any info given during contact by phone or letter. If you don't get any Response then you can contact your Local government office that has to do with Rentals ( it could be the Board of Health/City Hall etc.. ?)
  • Bonnie witlam Bonnie witlam on Aug 31, 2015
    Wow! Thanks everyone! Before we moved in, I asked about a railing to the basement. Realtor said that if there wasn't one there would be by the time we moved in, safety issue, so this should not be a problem. We've fixed and painted a lot since we moved in, and my mind set was on self repair! Thanks for reminding me who's responsibility it is. And MikkiGirl, excellent info for backup plan if the realtor falls thru!πŸ˜Šβ˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
  • Shauna Shauna on Aug 31, 2015
    I had the same problem!!!! We used a drill that had a bit that would sink the screws into the wood and we screwed 2 screws on each side in the bottom of the end post. Then we glued small pieces of trim around the bottom to cover up the screws or you could just tap caps into the screw holes to cover them
  • Susan Thompson Susan Thompson on Aug 31, 2015
    They sell kits that secure the newel posts, depending on which wood typel you choose, they're $20-25? We install them all the time for clients who are either selling, or have just moved into a home with a shaky banister. We shop Lowe's, but I'm sure HD and other HI stores carry them as well. It should be on the landlord to fix it, but if he doesn't, I'd rather be safe than sorry... :)
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Aug 31, 2015
    Call your landlord, it is a hazard and if you fall, he is liable . He owes you a rental that is safe.
  • Pat Bialek Pat Bialek on Aug 31, 2015
  • Bonnie witlam Bonnie witlam on Feb 15, 2016
    There is a large bolt in the main banister of the stairs. Just had to tighten bolt and that steadied the whole thing!
  • Bonnie witlam Bonnie witlam on Feb 15, 2016
    There is a large bolt in the main banister of the stairs. Just had to tighten bolt and that steadied the whole thing!