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    Default Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    In season 10 #1009, Tom Silva had a neat trick for spacing the balusters on a railing without "doing the math" using elastic waistband fabric. I came in late to the show and missed the beginning where he laid out the measurements on the fabric before stretching it out.

    I would like to try this but I missed those first few steps. Can anyone help?

    Thanks
    Last edited by GregM; 12-09-2011 at 01:52 PM.

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    He marked the unstretched waistband at 2" intervals, then stretched to desired length.

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    That is so like cheating!
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    I would just use a 2x4 as a spacer.

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    Quote Originally Posted by cspalding22 View Post
    I would just use a 2x4 as a spacer.
    The problem with that is if that spacing doesn't work with the length of the run. That's the point of the elastic, you make your marks evenly along it, then stretch to the desired length and the markings stay uniformly spaced.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    The elastic trick will work as long as the final spacing isn't over 4". That depends on how much you tug at the elastic and that the elastic stretches evenly.


    Engineer alert

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    As far as I can tell through experimenting with this method, it will give you even spacing only between each balluster. The end spaces between the newel posts and its adjacent balluster will match eachother but the spacing will not be uniform with the balluster layout.

    Maybe I missed something that Tom did.

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    Default Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    very cool trick.

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