03:54PM | 01/06/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
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The handrail is loose. The supports for the handrails have dug a hole in the plaster - old house with lathe & plaster wall.

How do I fix? Do I take down the handrail, fix the plaster holes and then reconnect the supports at the same spot?

Do I need to screw into the studs? What screws are best? Is it better to get longer screws?



06:54AM | 01/10/04
Member Since: 09/25/03
47 lifetime posts
I had the same problem in my house (about 95 yrs old), kids hanging on the handrail dug in a it worked loose. I took the brackets off and plastered up the holes. I did end up using longer screws with pilot holes through the new plaster and it's held up very well.


08:06AM | 01/10/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
He would mean into the studs, that is a must with a handrail support. Relocating the support back into the same position will hit a solid backer or stud, (why he decided to use the longer screws) if it doesn't move it so that it will.


12:57PM | 01/15/04
Member Since: 09/25/03
47 lifetime posts

Just saw your question. The house was owned by an older couple that had not had kids there for 30-40 years. Unfortunately the screws only went maybe 1/4"-1/2" into the studs after going through the plaster. I've got 2 kids and I think you can guess the rest. I used longer screws that went about 1" into the studs. They're older now, but now there's grandkids to deal with.

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