Repairing Separation Of A Wood Handrail Seam

Procedure code:
643006S
Source:
Hspg Prepared For Nps - Sero
Division:
Wood and Plastics
Section:
Stairwork & Handrails
Last Modified:
07/05/2017

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PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

  1. This procedure includes guidance on repairing a separated seam in a wood handrail.
  2. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:
    1. Safety Precautions
    2. Historic Structures Precautions
    3. Submittals
    4. Quality Assurance
    5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
    6. Project/Site Conditions
    7. Sequencing and Scheduling
    8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).

PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MATERIALS

  1. Wood glue

2.02 EQUIPMENT

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Nailset
  3. Chisel

PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION

  1. A separation in the seam between pieces of handrail is usually caused by a loose rail bolt. The tightening of a rail bolt can be accomplished in place.
    1. To disassemble the joint, unplug access hole to star nut.
    2. Loosen star nut by tapping a screwdriver or nailset held against the edge of nut.
    3. Pull joint apart enough to insert chisel. Remove all old glue and varnish with chisel.
    4. Reglue joint, especially the dowel.
    5. Clamp joint by tightening the rail bolt and replace plug into access hole.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13