That looks really good. It's amazing what we go through to overcome stuff, huh? Great job man.
Ray, you are about to see more of the stuff that we had to over come........
Now we start getting most of the posts installed, and then the real “fun” began…..
We finished the day trying to get one railing in place, to see how that whole process is supposed to come together. We learned quite a few things about their “system,” and what was wrong with it. First, let me show you a pic of all the 32” spindles that were delivered….
Gotta love the precision there…. I ended up cutting every one to the exact same length. On some, I only took off a sliver, and on others, I took off up to ¼”. This is what I expected them to look like when I originally stacked them together.
Now, onto the actual railing system. Below is a pic of how the top of the railing is supposed to come together…..
I don’t know if you can tell, but there are two problems here… One that is very obvious, and the other not so much. First of all, the metal channel was smaller than the spindle, so getting the spindle into the channel and to get it to seat squarely was a REAL pain. The second is that the handrail is supposed to SLIDE ON…. That certainly wasn’t happening. Now to fix those 2 problems….
The first step is to attach the metal channel to every spindle in the rail section. In the pic below, look at the closest spindles towards you (top row, first 5)….