How To Install Wrought Iron Balusters

Wrought iron balusters have been trending for many years now. Apart from providing additional safety to railings, they also enhance the beauty of a house’s interior and exterior. Removing old wooden balusters and replacing it with wrought iron ones is the most common remodels of any establishment.

Usually, this remodel takes about one to two days and can be accomplished and done by anyone who has a do-it-yourself experience. In this article, we will discuss the step by step guide to replacing old wooden balusters and installing wrought iron balusters.

Step 1: Prepare the workplace

Replacing old wooden balusters can get pretty messy. Before cutting out the wood, first get a drop cloth and cover the furniture that is near your work area to avoid them being covered in sawdust. You will also need to cover walking areas with a drop cloth to prevent any damage to the floor.

Step 2: Cut the old wooden balusters

You can cut the old wooden balusters in half by using a jigsaw or a reciprocating saw. It’s best to cut the wood at a slight angle to make step 3 easier.

Step 3: Remove the wooden balusters

Once you’ve cut the old balusters in half, push or wiggle them slowly in a back and forth motion, this should make the nails loose. Afterwards, remove all the leftover nails with pliers.

Step 4: Drill holes for the new balusters

Your old wooden baluster will sometimes have leftover holes and sometimes be left with flat surfaces. Drill holes that are at least 1 – 1.5 inches in the handrail. Remember to ensure that the top holes located in the bottom of the handrail are big enough to fit the new balusters.

Step 5: Cut the wrought iron balusters to its proper size

First, you need to measure the floor to the bottom of the handrail then add about ¾ inches to that measurement and cut the wrought iron balusters. Doing this ensures that you have enough room to insert the baluster into the handrail and drop it onto the tread.

Step 6: Install the wrought iron balusters

Just like what was mentioned in step 5, first slide the balusters into the handrail then drop it onto the floor. Ensure that every baluster is lined up correctly and in order before applying glue.