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3 DIY Deck Railing Restoration Tips

by Mike Pelletier funnel edge marketing

Are you looking to repair or restore your deck and railing? This kind of DIY work can be confusing and frustrating at times. However, here at ADVR in Edmonton, we've got your back! This article is going to show you the best three DIY deck railing restoration tips.

Let's check them out:

1. Inspection & Removal

The first step to any deck railing restoration is the inspection. You will want to look over the whole railing and decide on what needs to be replaced - whether it be the whole railing or just a few pieces.

Make sure to look at every part of the railing, especially around where it meets the ground (this is where the worst rot damage can occur). Use a pointed tool or object to poke into the wood, if the tip can sink in then it needs to be replaced.

Also check for loose pieces of wood, both big and small. After fully inspecting the deck railing, its time to remove everything that needs restoring. 

2. Repair & Fix

Now its time to do a little demolition and start restoring your new deck railing. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind -

  • Remove all nails with either a hammer or prybar
  • Scrape old and loose paint/stain with a sander or scraper
  • Get rid of any wood that is rotting

Once you have that covered, you can start restoring the good pieces of wood and replacing the bad. 

  • Use a table saw to cut out new bottom rail pieces first (if you're not replacing the bottom rail, skip to the next step)
  • Sand them down to your desired finish
  • Use a miter saw to cut the boom of your new spindles 
  • Sand these down both the new and old ones you want to restore
  • Lay them out with proper spacing and nail them back together
  • Then attach your new or restored top rail

Once your railing as been reassembled, its time to make it look new and shiny!

3. Cleaning & Staining

The last step in restoring your deck railing is the cleaning and staining it. Make sure to wipe away any sawdust from cutting and sanding down the wood. 

After cleaning up any loose dirt or sawdust, select your desired stain and apply it. Stain generally needs at least an hour to completely dry but check to see the recommended drying time on the label. 

Final Comments

If you're building a new deck, there are a few things to keep in mind. Depending on the city you live in you may need a permit

Remember to always wear proper protection when doing any type of DIY (eyewear and gloves are essential for your safety).

Always consider hiring a professional to help you with any kind of build. Ensure your deck is built correctly is essential for your safety. 

Deck Railing Restoration

If you're looking to restore and repair your deck railings, these are the steps to take. Now get your tools ready and start to repair your deck today!

If you have questions about decks or would like a professional in Edmonton to help you with your deck, head over to our contact page and send us a message today!


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About Mike Pelletier Advanced Pro  funnel edge marketing

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Created on Sep 5th 2020 13:08. Viewed 523 times.

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