Wood stairs squeak after new handrail & baluster installation

susan631February 24, 2012

We hired a contractor to remove our 50 year old wrought iron handrail and balusters and install new hardwood ones. The job was completed yesterday and today I noticed that some of the stairs have developed a squeak where none had existed before. What could be causing this and what can we do about it? I plan to call the contractor on Monday, but in the meantime, any thoughts are appreciated, thanks.

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Sophie Wheeler

Removed "50 year old wrought iron handrail and balusters"????
(Just shakes head.)

I hope you sold it to an architectural salvage company. Someone is going to be in for a treat.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 7:53AM
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Trust me, no one would want these. They were very dated looking and in terrible shape (Bent scrollwork, too many layers of white paint caked on by the previous owners and all chipped up). The new bannister is a huge improvement.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 9:29AM
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I would also like to add that we also put trim molding underneath the treads ( where the tread meets the riser). Could this be the cause of the problem? It's only 2 or 3 steps that have developed a bad squeak.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 9:33AM
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