DIY Front Porch Railing Replacement Project
Before and After - Replacing old front porch railings with new Richmond Rails and balusters, and bringing it up to code.
We started by first deciding on what type of wood to use, how much we would need to complete the project, and what other tools and materials we needed.
We completed our necessary measurements, and removed all of the old railings and balusters.
Once measurements were made, we began to cut the wood to the correct sizes to fit in place.
Before setting the new pieces into place, we re-measured to be sure everything was correct, and also measured out exactly where we would place the balusters, and marked each section.
We then used wood glue to hold everything in place, and provide additional strength to the rails.
The rails were then set into place, starting with the outer balusters, the bottom rail, and then the top railing.
Next, it was time to add the rail support, screwing each rail firmly into place.
Once the frame was complete, we began to place the balusters in their pre-marked positions.
We went over each piece, ensuring that everything lined up properly, and re-measured to make sure all balusters were evenly lined up.
Once the railings were up, it was time to caulk any gaps, this is to prevent water from settling under the wood, and ensuring that these new rails would last!
Completed rails and balusters! All that is left once caulking is finished, is for the homeowner to paint the new rails!
- Richmond Rail (Home Depot and Lowe's)
- 3 inch exterior finish screws (Lowe's)
- 16 guage 1 & 1/2 inch angled finish nails (Lowe's)
- Titebond II wood glue (Lowe's)
- 120 grit sandpaper discs (Lowe's)
- Carpenter's Pencil (Lowe's)
Published March 14th, 2018 3:19 AM