How do I repair a rotting hand railing?

Teri O'Neil
by Teri O'Neil
My deck is at least 18 years old. When we bought the house 8 years ago I stained the deck and repainted the hand railings with good products. This year I find on of my hand railings at the bottom of the steps has Disintegrated order the paint. So I used a screw drive to evacuate all the rot to see how bad it was. It is bad! ive never tackled anything like this and don’t know where to start!
Rotten wood
You can’t see because of the planter but that post goes in between the deck boards down below.
  6 answers
  • Map33629325 Map33629325 on Jun 21, 2018

    It will be a lot of work to ensure all rotten wood is removed before filling. My advice, replace wood hand railing and repaint.

  • Susan Susan on Jun 21, 2018

    By the time you try to repair rotting wood rails it would make more sense financially and far less of your prescious time to just replace the rails with treated lumber. If you still have the paint lest that you used you can just paint them and not have to worry about those for many years to come.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 21, 2018

    replace, not a repair job ... you may be able to purchase a ready made metal railing .... check with a good home improvement center -- and they frequently have people who install/do small jobs ... hope the steps are not compromised! IF you go with wood, use a ground contact product.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Jun 21, 2018

    Is it just the handrail? If so you should be able to just pull that piece of wood off, replace with treated lumber and repaint.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Jul 08, 2018

    If the rest of the pieces are ok just replace the hand rail .

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Jul 08, 2018

    You'll need to knock the rail apart from the rest hopefully without damaging the good parts. Measure the rail and replace it with another premade handrail. You might need to have it cut shorter.