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Rated 2 out of 5Â by FinishCarpenter Good design; poor execution
Hemlock is too soft for this application (They make matchsticks out of this stuff).
It also has a poor chance of surviving typical UPS shipping conditions. One of my two orders was badly scarred and dented. Since the project couldn't wait, I bought some local wood and used the Axxys brackets.
I lost over a $100 plus the cost of the replacement wood. HD was kind enough to give me a token 10% refund.
If you decide to buy this anyway, I tested several stains on some other hemlock I had in my shop. The dark stains produce an uneven appearance that I find ugly (much like oak). The best result was with Minwax "Natural". Finish with several coats of polyurethane varnish, smoothing with #000 steel wool before and between coats.
Another drawback is that most customers will not be able to cut the asymetrical miters that are required for the wall return fittings.
July 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Suzanigans12 This product is easy to install
We ordered this railing for a set of back stairs. It looks fine and serves its purpose. It was easy to install.
January 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by rustyplayer More difficult than it should be
There are a lot of good ideas in this rail kit, but it needs a little higher quality and to be given a little more thought. It requires a fair amount of ability on the installer's part, including cutting miters on the ends of the rails with fairly high precision. You also have to be able to locate studs and plan and layout the position of the brackets. One of the half-rails was cracked, though we decided to live with it. The wall rail brackets are out of kilter with the rail connector bracket, and have to be drawn in with force from the screws, which actually curves the rails a bit.
June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lepanto Easy to Install
This Kit was my only choice since I could not find a 12' rail "al-a-cart". It seemed a little pricey, but after pricing the pieces individually, it proved to be moderately priced. The best thing is that is needed were included. I didnt use the end caps, but know they could be necessary in a different application than what I had. Overall very satisfied.
October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lanceoldstrong I think it has beautiful wood grain and it is solidly built. The wood is smoothly sanded and ready for a finish.
I think it has beautiful wood grain and it is solidly built. The wood is smoothly sanded and ready for a finish. Nice looking when installed. I finished mine with just orange oil and it is perfect. Nice and smooth feeling.
December 4, 2012