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Stair Parts Tap and Twist 1/2 in. Hollow Metal Baluster Install Kit

  • Easily replace wood stair balusters with modern iron balusters
  • Cuts iron stair baluster installation time in half
  • Kit installs 5 hollow metal 1/2 in. balusters for stairs
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It's finally here: a revolutionary method of installing hollow metal balusters without using messy epoxies or adhesives. It's called TAP-N-TWIST and it's the perfect kit to use for replacing wood balusters with hollow metal. Using only four components, installing a new metal baluster has never been easier. Each TAP-N-TWIST kit has enough inserts to replace 5-balusters and can be used on stairs, angled walls and level balconies. From stair treads, stair railing, and a complete selection of stair parts, EVERMARK has what you need to make your stairs beautiful.
  • Tap-n-twist kit will install up to 5 1/2 in. hollow metal balusters
  • Revolutionary method for installing metal balusters requires only common household tools such as metal cutting saw, hammer, drill, measuring tape and allen wrench kit
  • Tap-n-twist is designed for baluster replacement when remodeling a staircase, but can be used for new construction by drilling new holes in handrails, floor or tread
  • For interior use only
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From the Manufacturer



Dimensions: H 6.75 in, W 4.75 in, D 2 in


Product Depth (in.)2 inProduct Height (in.)6.75 in
Product Width (in.)4.75 in


Builders Hardware Product TypeBolt/Installation KitColor FamilyBlack
Color/FinishBlackFasteners includedYes
FeaturesNo Additional FeaturesMaterialMetal
Package Quantity1Returnable90-Day
Stair Baluster Hardware TypeBaluster Installation Pin

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer WarrantyYes, replacement of product only, 1 year from purchase. Warranty against manufacturers defects only

Questions & Answers

Q:Can these be used with carpeted stairs?
by|Nov 30, 2023
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A:  Hi Pastaman8, As long as the bottom plug is attached in a hole in the wood tread under the carpet, yes it can be used. If there’s not a hole, they’ll have to drill one out.

by|Dec 1, 2023
    Q:What size are the bolts for the piece that fits into the bottom of the 1/2 inch post?
    by|Jun 18, 2023
    1 Answer
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    A:  This product is a 88 bolt. a 25mm length

    by|Jun 27, 2023
      Q:I hate the look of shoes - does anyone have photos of what this would look like without a shoe? I have 3/4 in holes and 1/2 in balusters
      by|Feb 2, 2023
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      A:  Hi Alice, based on your measurements it does sound like there will be gap that you'd need filled in so it may not achieve the look you're going for. Good luck with your project, and let us know if we can help in any way.

      by|Feb 7, 2023
        Q:So the rise and run of a set of stairs is not necessarily the same as another set. Infact the can change in a stairway if landings are involved. So how do these shoes fit? Sorry stairs and handrails are not something to mess with. Get a stair guy.
        by|Dec 27, 2022
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        A:  These shoes fit great and they are easy to adjust. You can also use a shims to adjust levels.

        by|Jan 2, 2023

          A:  There may be some gap between the iron baluster and the handrail or the shoe rail. If the baluster is too long or too short, you will not be able to install it. If the gap is reasonable (less than 1/4 inch), you can use this product to secure the baluster. This product is not very durable. I also used this product and Gorilla construction adhesive. In this way, none of the balusters become loosening.

          by|Jan 1, 2023

            A:  Builtafew - thank you for your review.

            by|Dec 29, 2022
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              Customer Reviews

              4.6 out of 5
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              Easy is an understatement
              If you have pre-drilled 3/4” holes and a metal grinder to cut the balusters to size this project can easily be done in less than a day. Also, the instructions are very easy to read and understandable. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is because the bottom plug needs to have at least a metal/zinc receptacle for the top of the nut to be held in place; two of my bottom plugs stripped pretty easily because it was entirely (soft) plastic. Overall very happy, would 100% recommend.
              Response from Steve VibertJan 16, 2023
              Chris - thank you!! We are so glad that you are pleased with your purchase! SureWood-LNL
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                Can't imagine changing the balusters without them!
                Extremely happy with the end result. Due to the previous install, we had a lot of drilling that needed to be done (widening the holes (top and bottom) to 3/4" and going deeper to 7/8 - 1"), but once we got past that, it was all super easy. Not all of the screws were screwed all the way in, but that's a minor thing. On the Q&A, someone asked if these were sold in bulk and told no, but they do come in 30 piece Pro Packs for $49.
                Response from Steve VibertDec 12, 2022
                Sharlene - were so happy your are pleased with your project! Thank you so very much for the review! SureWood-LNL
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                  1 found this review helpful
                  Very easy to use!...
                  Very easy to use!
                  Response from Steve VibertOct 8, 2021
                  Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! SureWood-LNL
                    The stair parts worked perfectly! We cut our balusters a...
                    The stair parts worked perfectly! We cut our balusters a little bit too short. However, we were able to purchase the 1/2 inch parts which actually worked better than the epoxy! Without these parts we would have had to purchase new balusters. Our upgrade from wood to iron worked out great and my stairs are beautiful!
                    Response from Steve VibertDec 3, 2020
                    That's fantastic news. We're happy that your project was successful. Enjoy that new staircase! SureWood-LNL
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                    1 found this review helpful
                    Awesome product!! Makes doing it yourself so easy!
                    Awesome product!! Makes doing it yourself so easy!
                    Response from Steve VibertMay 15, 2020
                    Thank you, Jewels! SureWood-LNL
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                    Easy install ...
                    Easy install
                    Response from Steve VibertApr 8, 2020
                    We're glad your project was a success! SureWood-LNL
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                    AWESOME PRODUCT!!$
                    This system is so awesome to use. It was easy and the instructions were easy to follow. I love DIYing a project whenever I can and this delivered the desires results I was looking for!! It is sturdy. The best part is it is not permanent. Most applications now a days use epoxy to secure the balusters to the rails. This uses NO EPOXY. That was a plus for me. If I ever decided to change them out it is as simple as loosening up the shoes (which I would highly recommend using) twisting the baluster "clockwise" and removing.
                    Response from Steve VibertApr 8, 2020
                    Thanks so much, Terri! What a great review. Maybe your success will inspire others to do the same to their staircase. SureWood-LNL
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                      We purchased this product after researching a couple of alternatives. The product was very easy ...
                      We purchased this product after researching a couple of alternatives. The product was very easy to use and apply to our project. During the project we had questions about a unique aspect regarding our railing. We contacted the Tap and Twist Company directly. Company Representative Steve Vibert called me back a short time later. Steve consulted with others and found a solution to the issue we were trying to address. It was very refreshing to see a company take such an active role in regards to great customer service. Steve and the company were very responsive and accommodating to what we needed, even going above and beyond our expectations. Thank you Steve and TNT! Our project worked out to be great and exceeded our expectations!
                      Response from Steve VibertFeb 5, 2019
                      Wow, thanks so much! We do aim to please, so when customers have questions about our products, we try to answer right away. Your pictures tell the story, and we're beyond ecstatic that your special application, and your staircase project overall, turned out great. Thank you for your kind words! SureWood-LNL
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                        3 found this review helpful
                        changing out wooden spindles
                        Was redoing my stairs and was trying to figure out how to install the ortimental baulesters, i happened to find these by accident at home depot. They may seem pricy, but they were a game changer,
                        Response from Steve VibertNov 7, 2018
                        Brocefus01, thanks for leaving a review. We're happy that you're happy with the results of your project! SureWood-LNL
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                          2 found this review helpful
                          We were not sure these were going to work but they worked great! Follow the instructions and ins...
                          We were not sure these were going to work but they worked great! Follow the instructions and installation will be a breeze! Love the ease of installation!
                          Response from Steve VibertSep 18, 2018
                          We're happy that you're happy, SchwenksvilleSy! These kits make metal baluster installation much easier and quicker. We're glad that your project was a success! SureWood-LNL
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