The railing post
The end product, if installed correctly, is excellent. A primary concern would be in its installation: skill and tools. You need both, especially a chop saw and impact driver/drill, depending upon which surface the railing is being installed. In my case, a second story application required four-foot segments (code) which means a lot of cutting. Also, be careful when ordering that the proper amount of posts, railings, couplings, post covers, etc., are ordered. Read descriptions carefully. For
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example, when ordering a railing, you DO NOT get necessary posts--just the balusters and rails. Also mentioned casually, for a nicely finished system, the post base covers are required. Pricey additions!
These posts and the bases that come with them are of excellent quality. Unlike what it seems to say in the instructions, they came with all of the hardware necessary to install them to either wood or concrete, and to attach the posts proper to their bases. One glitch -- the instructions say to cross-bolt the posts to the bases with two 1/4 inch bolts, one above the other, one inch apart. However, the instructions don't tell you how far from the bottom of the post the lower bolt should be. Given
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the height of the vertical projection of the base, I chose to put the bolts at 1 inch and 2 inches from the bottom of the post. That worked well for securely attaching the post to the base. Unfortunately, the upper bolt then interfered with the decorative base cover. I had about 3/4 inch of space under the bottom of the cover when I assembled it. Fortunately, I had some 3/4 expanded PVC plank that made a nice filler for that space.