Staircase newel post install
by Joey D
Hi, I am installing a staircase to my loft. It is a full size staircase with double winders. One top, one bottom. It is more or less symmetrical in layout, except for a bullnose step at the start.
The staircase fits directly above the main ground to first floor staircase. The only difference is that it turns at the top due to head room restrictions of running it straight.
I have put all the double trimmers in place and building control signed off these ok.
At the bottom there is a double width newel post that sits half on the landing and half overhanging the ground floor staircase.
At the top there is a single newel post that 3 kite winder steps notch into. This newel then should be cut to hang on the trimmer under the last steps nosing(I presume).
Basically, my problem is, I paid extra to have the stairs measured so any problems were not down to me.
The stairs were 4cm too small length ways and the supplier sent me bigger 'end' stringers for the top and bottom. Now it comes to the top newel and it sits dead level in front of my trimmer. I put the trimmer to the supplying company's measurement.
In other words, to cut out the newel and notch it onto the trimmer I would either need to pack out the stairs next to the wall, to push them and the newel closer to the trimmer or move the trimmer an inch closer to the stairs(this may be easier as it in in joist hangers).
Sorry to go on, but my question is, do I have to move anything, or can I just screw the newel to the front of the trimmer? How could I make this strong enough. Maybe a metal plate or hanger hidder behind newel?
Really stressed and need to finish as ordered new carpet and he is waiting to fit.
Many thanks for any help.