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Was this newel post installed correctly?

Anna Zanko
4 years ago
last modified: 4 years ago

We have been in our new build home for just over a year. What was once a little wiggle in our banister railing has quickly become a possible hazard. Upon further inspection, it looks like the newel post is the culprit. It looks to be attached by a “key lock” type fastening system that has either gotten very loose or come part completely. Even if this were to be tightened, is this type of mechanism really adequate to hold something like this? Shouldn’t the newel post attach the floor joist? Code says it should handle a 200 pound load, but I would definitely be afraid to put my weight into this! Input would be appreciated!


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