How to fit stair spindles

 
         
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Step 55 - Fit spindles
Step 56 - Mark spindles
Step 57 - Cut fillets to length
Step 58 - Install spindles
Step 59 - Newel caps and cover caps
Step 60 - Check all fittings
Step 61 - After care

 

 

 

 

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Step 55 - Fit spindles

 

With the aid of a spirit level, place the spindle vertically against the handrail and baserail (a). Judging the vertical position of the spindle by eye should be sufficient (top and bottom square section of spindle equal in length). Using a pencil, gently scribe a mark where the handrail and baserail meet the spindle (b). Measure the depth of the handrail slot, and mark the cutting line above by this amount (c). Measure the depth of the baserail slot and mark the bottom line down by this amount. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Measure the slots perpendicular to the rails, and the spindle perpendicular to the original marked line.) Transfer the line all the way around with the aid of a square (d). Cut the spindle to length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hallmark TM components, PINE , Hallmark, WONKEE DONKEE says: "The spindle should be a “good” fit so that when in place it should stand vertically.  If the spindle leans towards the top newel, then it is too long. If the top of the spindle leans towards the bottom newel, it’s too short."

Step 56 - Mark spindles

 

 

Once you are happy with the length of the spindle, use it as a template and mark and cut the spindle to length. Check how this spindle fits before continuing to mark and cut all the other spindles. Leave the fitting of the “template” spindle until last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 57 - Cut fillets to length

 

The spindles are spaced using fillets. These fillets are supplied in one length with the rails and will require cutting to the correct length.

The fillets, with the exception of the first and last, should be cut to the same length and mitred at one end.

The Wonkee Donkee calculator will give you all the dimensions you need,  including the fillet length and the quantity of spindles, speeding up the whole process.

If you’re not using the calculator, a general rule of thumb is two spindles per tread, less one for each newel fitted partly on a step. Remembering that a 100mm diameter sphere must NOT be able to pass through any gap. Actual spacing will be determined by the stair pitch and string length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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install spindles, richard burbidge stairs, richard burbidge hallmark, install hallmark spindles, Wonkee Donkee says: "To be absolutely confident with the spindle spacing, Dry fit all the spindles and baserail fillets  This will allow you to make adjustments to the fillets before finally fixing.", "Don’t overdo it with the glue! Do a trial run on the first spindle to judge how much adhesive you need." 

Step 58 - Install spindles

Fix the first fillets into place on the baserail and handrail. These are likely to be different from the other fillets. Place the spindle tight up against these and check that the spindle is vertical. Adjust the fillets as necessary. Once everything is correct, pin the fillets into place. Apply a little adhesive to the ends of the spindle and fix with a pin into the handrail groove. The head of the pin should be placed so that it will be covered by the fillet. Repeat until all spindles and fillets have been secured in place. The first and last fillets may need altering to fit over any brackets used in fitting the handrail to the newel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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newel caps and cover caps, hallmark stairs, pine stairs, pine stair parts, installing pine stairs, WONKEE DONKEE: "Take your time with these finishing touches. Remember to wipe away any excess glue as soon as you can."

Step 59 - Newel caps and cover caps

Once all the spindles are in place, apply adhesive to the newel cap spigot and secure to the top of the newel. Gently tap home if required. Apply adhesive to all cover caps and fix into place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 60 - Check all fittings

Finally, check all fittings, covers and spindle positions, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard burbidge hallmark, install pine stairs, pine stair fittings, richard burbidge, hallmark stair parts, pine stair aftercare, care for pine stair fittings, WONKEE DONKEE says: "To take care of your new stairs, don't use any chemicals or abrasive cleaners. Clean only with a damp cloth."

Step 61 - After care

Wipe down with a damp cloth and enjoy!

 

 

 

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