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I wouldn't take it apart. The angle which that rung is broken you could just glue it back together with wood glue and put a spring clamp on it. You might have to put a bar clamp across the exterior to keep the joint from sliding apart. It will make a strong joint if done right.
Agree...I've fixed many of these breaks in the shop..

Unless your replacing the spindle, there's no reason to dismantle it...

What that saying...." glue is stronger than wood itself"
 

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It is a given. If this was falling out wouldnt it have been mentioned?

He is struggling to get it out. Maybe it should have been left alone...
 

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I couldn't begin to guess how many I've repaired like that and didn't have any problems. Now if had been poorly repaired previously then I just cut it off, drill it out and turn a new rung. That is easier than trying to fix someone else's work.
Agree. My work versus others.
 

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If it's a clean break I see no reason to force it out, but if hes determined, doesnt matter..

It could have be broken trying to twist it out.

Like I said earlier. If glue is stronger than the wood, what's the problem.... is this a case where it's not?
 
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