A reader's Stairs question: Fixing newel posts?
Neil H. from Watford, UK had this fixing newel posts question.Hello, thanks for creating a great site. I have been looking at how to fix bottom newel posts to give a rock solid newel and cannot see a definitive answer to fixing the bottom newel when you have a concrete floor.
Obviously the best fixing would be to lap it over an existing floor joist but if you have a concrete floor obviously there isnt one.
In the case of concrete floors is it just a case of morticing out the newel around the string and adjacent stair parts.... would you include a locating pin anchored in the concrete/bottom of newel for extra rigidity in the lateral planes? Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks
Hi Neil, You are right in wanting to get a solid fix, as a bottom newel takes a lot of force when people swing off them.
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