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    Question Open floor plan stairs

    I recently purchased a house that was built in the 40's with an open floor plan. My problem is that the staircase going to the second floor does not have any railings. I baught newel posts and balusters I would like to install but due to the way the staircase was constructed I would have to cut the newel posts at a 45 deg angle. Any ideas how I could attach these ? I have pictures if it would help understand my problem

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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    Pictures of the staircase and the posts would help.
    Jack
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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    as requested here are some pictures. I don't really want to install them in front of the stairs due to very minimal space.
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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    as requested here are some pictures. I don't really want to install them in front of the stairs due to very minimal space.
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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    here is what I would do. take your posts and cut your angle on the bottom so that they will be plumb when installed then mount them on a 1 x 4 then mount your 1 x 4 to the stair runner

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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    Or you could notch them and mount them on the side of the stair stringer.
    Jack
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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    When notching, how much can you take away? I have a 4 x 4 maple post made of two 2 x 4s glued together. Can I notch it to 2 x 4. The posts are about 6 feet apart.

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    Default Re: Open floor plan stairs

    I don't believe you would have any problem notching to the 2X4. That should leave more that enough for the strength you'll need.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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