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Deck Balusters Installation Instructions - Straight Rail
Step 1 - Cut, Measure & Mark
Measure the distance between handrail posts and cut two equal length 2x4s that will serve as the top and bottom railings.
Place and align the top and bottom rails side by side, in their vertical position.
Using a tape measure and pencil, locate and mark the center of the rails.
Working outward from the center, measure and mark a line every 4-1/2 inches until you reach the end of the rail. (If the mark closest to the end of the rail is less than 2-1/4 inches, offset ALL of the current marks by 2-1/4 inches.
Step 2 - Attach Baluster Connectors
Place the screws provided into each connector. Holding the connector with the screw firmly into the recess of connector, position the point of the screw directly onto the cross mark location.
Using a drill, drive the screw into the wood rail causing the connector to pull tight to the wood rail. Be careful not to over tighten. Continue installing all connectors on the top and bottom rail.
Step 3 - Install Bottom Railing & Balusters
Place the bottom railing level between the deck posts and secure to the posts. A 2x4 wood block can be used as spacer and support. A rail bracket can be used to make a strong connection from the railing to the post. Follow the specific manufacturer's recommendations for installation.
Slide a baluster over each connector on the bottom railing. Ensure each baluster is firmly positioned to the bottom of the connector.
Step 4 - Install Top Railing
Position the top railing over the balusters. Starting at one end of the rail, start aligning the balusters into each of the connectors. After all balusters are aligned into the connectors, ensure each baluster is firmly positioned to the bottom of the connector. Position and secure the top railing between the deck posts and secure to the posts. A rail bracket can be used to make a strong connection from the railing to the post. Follow the specific manufacturers recommendations for installation.
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