Two Troubleshooting Tips For Wood Handrails

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Handrails are installed on stairs as a safety measure. You can use the handrail to help balance as you walk up or down the stairs. If you happen to trip, you can grab the railing and stop yourself from falling.

Most places are required by law to have railings installed on all of the staircases in the property. The railings can be made from various materials, like metal or wood. The railings inside your home are usually wooden. It's important to learn how to properly repair the railings should they become damaged or loose. This guide troubleshoots round wooden handrails.

Cracked Railings

Wood railings are pretty solid, but they can become cracked from force. When the railing cracks, the wood splinters and can cause injury to anyone who uses the handrail. It's important to fix the crack and smooth out the splintered area. Follow these steps to fix the cracked areas:

  1. Use a water-based epoxy powder. Mix the powder with water using the measurements on the back on the product. Stir it together until it is smooth and thick.

  2. Apply the mixture underneath the splintered area using a flat putty knife.

  3. Tightly wrap the splinter with masking tape.

  4. Pack the cracked area with the epoxy.

  5. Once it is dry, sand the area down until it is smooth.

  6. Apply a coat of stain to the area so it matches the rest of the railing.

The railing may be slightly weak in the damaged area after it is repaired. Be careful not to apply too much pressure. If the crack is too severe, you might need a replacement railing.

Loose Railings

Due to the amount of normal wear and tear on a railing, especially in a busy household, your railing can become loose over time. You can try to avoid this from happening by not leaning your entire weight on the railing. You should also never slide down the railing as doing so can damage it. If you notice the railing is loose, follow these steps:

  1. Inspect the brackets that connect the railing to the wall. Railings that seem shakier on one end typically mean that end has damaged or loose brackets.

  2. Tighten the screws in the bracket using a screwdriver. Repeat for the other bracket.

  3. Replace damaged brackets by removing the old one using a screwdriver. Insert the new bracket over the holes, and reinsert the screws into the new bracket. Tighten it using a screwdriver or drill.

The railing should be secure again. Shake it gently to test it. If it holds in place, it is fixed.


Railings that are severely damaged should always be replaced right away. A local general contractor is your best bet to installing a new round handrail for you.


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