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Mike Hackett

01:13PM | 07/18/99
Bvtools
I have to remove my stairway bannister to be able to reach a piece ofhardwood trim that I would like to paint strip...how does a stairway banister railing get removed, but remain intact for replacement once the work is finished??? I am presuming that care and caution would be the operative words since this wood is older, and dried, fragile....Also the attached vertical railings--should I attempt to leave them attached to the bannister or the floor during this removal? Should I begin at the foot of the stairs, tapping the banister from underneath, and eventually loosen it to the point where it eventually comes off completely?

lisa

10:06AM | 07/19/99
Hi,
I had the same problem recently. I need to remove the bannister to get at some trim to strip. What I found after asking several people was to leave it alone. Especially in an older house. You may never be able to put it together again. It turns out it was a good thing I did not remove the bannister, the whole staircase would have been destroyed due to lack of support (fixed that problem easliy)What I used to strip the bannister, spindles, etc. with was Peel-Away #7. Worked wonders. Hope this helps a little

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