Bob Vila Radio: Removing Banisters

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Nov 14, 2012 1:08 PM

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If you’re putting off giving your front hall a facelift because re-finishing or re-painting the banister and balusters seems a little daunting, here are some tips to get you started.

Replacing Banister



Listen to BOB VILA ON REMOVING BANISTERS, or read the text below:

It’s often easier to disassemble the banister and balusters for refinishing rather than making a mess trying to strip and re-paint them in place.

Using a prybar with a block for protection, gently separate the banister and newel post just enough to insert the blade of the reciprocating saw.

Cut through the bolts and nails to detach the banister from the post. Repeat this process on the opposite end, then carefully separate the pieces, again using the block. As you pull the balusters free, be sure to number each piece so it’s easy to reassemble later.

You can make quick work of stripping the old finish and re-stain or paint the pieces in the workshop… and keep your stair hall looking good for holiday guests!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on renovation, consider:

Removing Tile
Installing Drywall
Old Woodwork