With just a bit of practice, welding iron railings is easy. Painting those railings is even easier. But at the end of the day your job of making decorative railings is not complete until those new iron railings have been installed. Watch this video tutorial now and learn how-to install iron railings on log homes.
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This is the final chapter of our free, seven part video tutorial sponsored by KingMetals.com. This series is designed to teach you everything about how-to prepare, weld, paint and install decorative iron railings for personal enjoyment or for profit.
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Iron on Log Railings
When it comes to installing iron railings there are many styles and varieties to choose from. Hand, stair and safety railing designs vary greatly as do the methods for their installation. Some wrought iron railings are made to mount on matching iron newel posts while others are fastened directly to adjacent walls or load bearing architectural timbers.
In this tutorial the iron railings you see are fastened to log newel posts. To watch How-to Install Log Newel Posts for Custom Iron Railings click this link , keeping in mind that many of the same techniques shown are employed when installing iron newel posts.
Basic Tools Needed to Install Iron Railings on Log Posts:
- Carpenters Level
- Electric or Cordless Drill
- Drill Bits
- Adjustable or Box Wrench
- Electric Sander or Angle Grinder
Click on the video below now and learn How-to Install Wrought Iron Railings
7 Easy Steps to Install Iron Railings
When installing iron railings take time to:
- ‘Lay-out’ and check each panel, confirming that they fit properly in their appropriate location.
- Set the railings up on temporary blocks, or spacers, to achieve the desired height prior to drilling.
- Sand the newel posts as needed to achieve a proper and tight fit.
- Use a level and be certain each panel is installed both plumb and level to the ground, deck, or floor.
- Always drill pilot-holes to assure proper placement of the railings.
- Fasten the iron railings using appropriate hardware.
- Step back and admire your good work.
Note: One distinct advantage of installing iron railings on log newel posts is, it gives you the ability to make slight adjustments if needed. Taking time to set the railings up on spacers prior to drilling pilot-holes assures proper railing placement.
In this example, the iron railings are installed using 3/8″ Blackened, Square Head Lag Bolts. Order yours Online now from Blacksmith Bolt and Rivet Supply.
Insider Tips and Tricks to Install Iron Railings
- If possible, ‘dry-fit’ the railings prior to staining the log newel posts.
- Loosely set the top of the railing first, then ‘plumb’ down prior to marking and drilling the bottoms.
- Use a shorter lag bolt on the ‘down hill’ side of stair rails to achieve proper clearance for your wrench.
That’s it. That is just about everything you need to install iron railings. Use this information the next time you set out to make and install your own iron railings for personal use or for profit.
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Thank you for making time to view this free video tutorial, and Happy Welding!