Restoration.

Working on old or historic stairs can be relatively easy with the knowledge of how these staircases were constructed.

The return nosings are generally removable to be able to tighten loose spindles or balusters.

The handrail joints are bolted from the underside of the handrail and plugged to disguise them.

The spindles are often nailed in with cut nails, exposing these nails will allow you to punch them home and tighten the tops of the loose spindles.

Access to the underside of the staircase is desirable to be able to fix loose treads and risers.

Lath and plaster may need to be removed to get access to the underside of the flights.

New spindles may need to turned of balusters cast.


Shaping a newel stub to take a turned newel.
The newel stub shaped ready to accept a turned newel.
preparing to clean and tighten loose joints.
Replacing the newel post and opening cap.
Replacing a piece of handrail that jointed into an opening cap.
Fitting the core rail back to the balusters.
Replacing spindles.
Replacing return nosings that had been cut off.
A traditional handrail tie that we copied to replace missing ties.
refitting the handrail down onto the newel posts.

replacing missing return nosings.

The underside of a handrail joint with one end of the bolt exposed and the plug over the end to be tightened visible.
A few spindles need replacing.
A plate across the handrail!! This should never be needed, the bolt is clearly visible and just needs tightening.
A handrail in need of restoration.
Monkey’s-tail-carved-one-side
The wall end of the commode treaad cut off and in need of replacement.
The underside of the staircase opened up to repair treads.
Damaged handrail that needs patching and a few new spindles.
The tops of loose spindles being cleaned before pinning back in.
A new curtail end to replace one that had been cut off.
Opps! missing a bit of the baluster
A baluster that can be used to cast replicas for missing ar damaged balusters.
Waiting for us to start work on it, loose joints and spindles etc.
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