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S t r u c t u r e R a i l i n g Ki t s I ns ta l l at i o n I n s t r u c t i o n s *2 person
Step 1. Closely follow post installation instructions (or sleeve existing wood 4x4)
Step 2. Cut rails to length a. Place bottom rail across post opening leaving equivalent spacing from the last baluster and post on each end b. Mark ¼" from end of post to allow room for bracket and expansion c. Align top rail with bottom rail and cut both rails with miter box or hacksaw (see saw blade manufacturer's specs for correct blade) Note: you will have to cut through an aluminum insert in the top rail
Step 3. Install 3" support brace
a. 1 support brace is included with 6' railing kits. Measure equal distance from both ends of railing and install support brace in center of bottom rail For 67 ½" rail: install center of support brace 33 ¾" from ends of rail
b. 2 support braces are included with 8' railing kits. Measure length of rail, divide by 3 and measure that distance from your rail to the center of your first support brace and install support brace. Repeat that step from the opposite side of your rail. For 92" rail: divide 92" by 3 (=30 2/3"); install both support braces 30 2/3" from their respective ends
33¾" 3" Support Brace
33¾" 3" Support Brace
Step 4. Cut two 3" temporary wood spacer blocks (not included) to insert under ends of railing sections to temporarily assist in aligning railing section.
3" Spacer Block
3" Spacer Block
Step 5. Install bottom rail a. Slide structure rail bracket cover onto ends of railing. b. Place brackets onto both ends of bottom rail (make sure to use brackets without side holes) c. Slide bottom rail in between posts and rest on top of wood spacer blocks d. Using 5/32" drill bit, pre-drill first bottom bracket screw hole. On angle, drill through bracket hole, vinyl post jacket and vinyl insert. e. Then drive the first screw through bottom bracket into post f. Repeat steps c&d for the remaining three screws for the first bottom bracket g. Repeat steps c-e for the second bottom bracket h. Snap covers over exposed brackets to hide screws
Step 6. Snap balusters into your bottom rail a. Lock tabs on baluster/spindle must face outer edge of routed holes b. Round aluminum balusters will not have lock tabs. Install by sliding aluminum baluster into round routed hole.
Step 7. Install top rail a. Place brackets onto both ends of top rail (make sure to use brackets with side holes) b. Begin at one side of rail and align first baluster with first routed hole on bottom side of top rail and snap top rail into position c. Continue down the line of balusters installing balusters into top rail d. Install brackets i. Using 5/32" drill bit, pre-drill first top bracket screw hole. On angle, drill through bracket hole, vinyl post jacket and vinyl insert and loosely install first screw – when using Post Install Kit. For vinyl posts installed over an existing wood 4x4 pre-drill post and install screw directly into wood 4x4. ii. Repeat pre-drilling process for remaining three screws and tightly install screws. iii. Tighten first screw iv. Repeat steps i-iii for the second top bracket i. v. Pre-drill through side bracket holes into top rail and aluminum insert using 5/32" drill bit vi. Install supplied screw through side hole in top rail brackets vii. Snap covers over exposed brackets to hide screws
For angled rail installation other than at 90° or 180° purchase left to right angle brackets. Follow steps from above • Step 2 (b) – Mark 2" from end of post to allow room for bracket and expansion (this distance may vary depending on individual installation) • After Step 4 – Place brackets on posts to determine angle – Mark angle bracket at determined angle and lock in place with provided screw XpanseRail.com
St r u c t u r e S tai r R ai l Ki t s I ns ta l l at i o n I n s t r u c t i o n s SELECT
Structure Stair Rail Kits Installation Instructions
Closely follow post installation instructions (or sleeve existing wood 4x4)
Step 2. Temporarily secure a deck board (5/4") to your stair treads to determine the spacing between the nose of the stairs and your bottom rail
Temporary deck board
Assemble your stair railing section a. Lock tabs on baluster/spindle must face outer edge of routed holes in rails b. Assemble your stair railing section by snapping balusters/spindles in rails
Step 4. Place assembled stair railing section adjacent to mounted stair posts, leaving equal distances from the ends of both balusters and clamp your stair railing section to the posts
Equal Distances Outer edge holes
Align top and bottom angle brackets on mounted stair post adjacent to stair railing section and mark the rail at the end of each bracket
While holding angle brackets adjacent to stair railing sections check for proper bracket angle and mark the hole on the inside of the angle brackets
With an 1/8" drill bit pre-drill marked hole on angle bracket and lock angle in place with supplied screw
Remove stair railing section from clamped posts
Locate your previous marked lines on your stair railing sections and add 1" to your predetermined lengths for bracket depth and cut all four marks with a hacksaw at 90 degrees
Note – you will have to cut through an aluminum insert in the top rail
Note – There is a separate screw pack for the top rail and bottom rail brackets
a. Slide your angle brackets top/bottom onto your rails and place your stair rail section between your posts on top of your temporarily secured deck board b. Mark all bracket holes c. Remove stair railing section d. Remove temporarily secured deck board e. Pre-drill all bracket holes with a 1/8" drill bit f.
On your top railing brackets position a drill bit on center of post (2" from either side) and between previously drilled four screw holes. Pre-drill using 5/32" drill bit all the way through the steel insert
g. Attach 2" screw into post all the way through the steel insert
Slide stair railing section with brackets back in-between posts
Add mounting screws to brackets to secure stair railing section to posts
Pre-drill each side of the top rail brackets using the screw holes provided with a 5/32" drill bit. Use provided screws to secure top rails to brackets.
Step 12. Snap caps “half-moons” onto sides of stair railing brackets to cover the exposed screws
Note: Structure Stair Railing sections will rack to a maximum of 32 degrees. If your custom installation calls for a greater angle you will need to route the hole openings to a longer length.
P o r c h Po s t Ins tal l at i o n I n s t r u c tio n s SElect
P o r c h Po s t Ins tal l at i o n I n s t r u ct io n s • It is the responsibility of the installer to meet and/or exceed all code and safety requirements, and to obtain all required building permits. The deck and railing installer should determine and implement appropriate installation techniques for each installation.Barrette Outdoor Living and its distributors shall not be held liable for improper or unsafe installations. • Before installing, check with your local building code official or structural engineer to determine the quantity and spacing needed and the vertical load requirements for your overhead structure and climate zone.
Step 1. Install appropriate temporary supports of the overhead support (roof) to bear the load while installing vinyl porch post
Step 2. Level the overhead support (roof) beam
Step 3. Install blocking at post locations
a. Layout railing installation to determine post locations
b. Beneath all post locations install at least two 2x8 blocks using at least three #10x3 ½" deck screws penetrating through the joists at least 1 ½" into the blocks (see diagram for details) • For concrete installation skip to Step 4
Step 4. Measure, mark and level post a. Measure the distance from floor to roof (where porch posts will be installed) b. Mark the center point on the roof or beam where the porch post will be installed c. Measure the distance from your exterior house wall to your center point mark on your roof beam d. Transfer measurement from Step 4 (c.) to the deck surface post placement
Step 5. Add ½" to measurement in step 4 to allow enough clearance for mounting brackets a. Cut porch post to length using miter box or handsaw with fine tooth saw blade (see saw blade manufacturer’s specs for correct blades) b. Make sure to leave at least 39" flat surface on the base of the porch post – do not cut more than 11 ¼" off the bottom
Step 6. Slide vinyl base trims onto post a. Make sure to have the first base trim pointing up and the opposite base trim pointing down
Install mounting plate on both ends of post (screws included)
Jack up porch roof ¾". Slide post into place with mounting bracket side with three holes facing the inside of the floor towards the house – level post using a 4 foot level.
Pre-drill 11/32" holes through all holes on bottom mounting bracket
Step 10. Push 5/16" bolts (not included) through post plate and attach separate bottom plate from beneath deck surface (posts can be leveled as needed by using steel washers as shims) a. Purchase 5/16" bolts with nuts approximately 1" longer than the distance between steel mounting plates (minimum 5")
• For concrete installation follow masonry anchor installation instructions
a. Re-level post and let ceiling down.
b. Pre-drill 11/32" holes through all holes on top mounting bracket c. Attach top mounting bracket to roof using ¾" x #10 x 1-1/4" stainless steel screws (not included) d. Put a small bead of caulking on edge of trim pieces and push over the top and bottom mounting plates
N at urel l e / S t r u c t u r e D e c k Po st Ins tal l at i o n I nst r u c tio ns SElect
Nat urel l e / S t r u c t u r e D e c k Po st Ins tal l at i o n I nst r u ct io ns • It is the responsibility of the installer to meet and/or exceed all code and safety requirements, and to obtain all required building permits. The deck and railing installer should determine and implement appropriate installation techniques for each installation. Barrette Outdoor Living and its distributors shall not be held liable for improper or unsafe installations.
Install blocking at post locations a. Layout railing installation to determine post locations b. Beneath all post locations install at least two 2x8 blocks using at least three #10x3 ½” deck screws penetrating through the joists at least 1 ½” into the blocks (see diagram for details) • For concrete installation skip Step 1b, and proceed to Step 2
Raise bottom insert temporarily to allow room to fasten steel post to deck
Mark holes through the bottom plate of steel post onto deck surface – remove steel post and drill 3/8” hole in all four marks through the deck board and blocking
Push 5/16" bolts (not included) through post plate and attach separate bottom plate from beneath deck surface (posts can be leveled as needed by using steel washers as shims) a. Purchase Grade 5 Steel 5/16" bolts with nuts approximately 1" longer than the distance between steel mounting plates (minimum 5") • For concrete installation follow masonry anchor installation instructions
Finishing a. Return bottom insert to original position b. Slide vinyl post sleeve over post insert c.
Slide second post insert into the tip of the vinyl post sleeve over the steel post
Install base trim around post sleeve at deck surface before installing railing