Home Improvement--General/warped wooden rail


My house is a bilevel. The living room is separated from the inside entrance stairs by a wood railing with 12 spindles. Over time the top has bowed upwards and the railings have fallen off-they were not glued or screwed. As a temp fix I screwed the spindles in, with the warp still visible on the top rail, most prominant in the middle. Now I want to do a better repair. I though of gluing and using some small wooden spacers between the middle spindles and the railing where there is the most space between them, but now I think I will re screw. My idea is to drill out the screwhole in the spindles, top and bottom, first. Then, screw them all to the floor. Then, starting at the middle, and bit by bit, screw them into the rail, hoping the rail straightens out. THen fill in the holes. Does this sound OK?

Hi Bud,
Sounds like a great idea to me!  I couldn't have suggested it better myself.  The only things I would add are

1. Make sure that you use the longest screws possible.  Also, you may want to use a lag screw if your hole filling capabilities are good.  The larger head on the screw would give it more holding strength.
2.  I think I would also use some wood glue in addition to the screws.  
3.  Lastly, if there is a way to rig it up you might want to use some furniture clamps.

Good luck!

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I will answer questions dealing with home improvement. My specific areas of expertise are flooring (except carpeting), all types of carpentry, water treatment, and minor electrical. I have also built several treehouses and am currently considering expanding my business to concentrate on children's play areas. I love working with all kinds of wood. My favorite types of home repair/remodeling are water treatment, hardwood flooring, cabinetry, bathroom remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. I also have knowledge in residential water treatment, including filters, softeners, reverse osmosis systems and various other types of treatment systems.


I have been working in various forms of construction both personally and professionally for the past 20 years. I am currently the Owner/Contractor of a home repair/remodeling company.

I have a BS in Environmental Engineering and have done Masters work in Management Development. I have also attended various community college and fine arts classes in the Piedmont Triad area and EPA water quality certification classes.

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