Porch Rail Repair Photos

The south rail of the Masonic Lodge was removed on Monday May 6 and returned Tuesday May 7 to both prevent further degradation and to test proposed methods and materials for repair.  Safety precautions were taking in removing the paint, much of which was recent acrylic paint.  A two page text explanation of the repair process is here.

In brief, very little wood needed to be replaced, even though this section was the most damaged by sun and rain.  Some spindles (balusters) were stripped to almost bare wood, others were simply scraped and scratched, so that we could compare the end result and judge the necessity of aggressive removal versus simple encapsulation strategies.

This test project involved a dozen spindles and seven feet of railing.  The two decks of the porch have about 120 feet of rail and over 200 spindles.

North rail better than the south one

Railing Removed to bench

On the workbench

Spindle bottom damage

Replaced section of top bottom box with old clear lumber

Replaced section of top bottom box with old clear lumber

underneath bottom box, new spacers tighten up dimensions

looking up at bottom of box, five rusted nails per spindle.

Top rail end, cracked, rusted nail holes

Top Rail and Under Rail end, showing toe-nailed attachment, solid wood

Bottom of Top Rail needed some fill

Top Rail bottom clean, holes to attach Under Rail

Under Rail between Top Rail and Spindles, needs splice, 2" dia cove

Under Rail between Top Rail and Spindles, needs splice, 2″ dia cove

Filled, sanded, primed, re-assembled, set in place

view from porch

Spindles sanded to mostly bare wood, primed

Rough- just scraped, lightly sanded, and primed one coat

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