Hello Stairgirl, these balusters do come with a pin on the bottom of the baluster. If you have additional questions, we'll reply as quickly as we can. Thank you!
Hi DIYnovice, thanks for your question. It certainly sounds like you've put a lot of thought in to this. These balusters are made of poplar, which is a soft-wood suitable for painting. When used with other balusters and newels, they do offer structural support for handrail systems. However, if used as shelving support, we cannot guarantee success with that type of use. You mentioned "heavy duty," so we would not recommend these balusters be used for that. If you have additional questions, post them here, and we’ll reply as quickly as we can. Or, you may call our Customer Service Line at 678-455-5188 (M-F, 8-4 ET) where we can assist you with most any question you have. Thank you!
Ah Sharon, you're asking a great question. Yes, the type of handrail you want is called "plowed rail," and is available in most of our popular profile. For example, our 6210 Red Oak handrail is available with a 1-3/4 in. plow, or groove, that will accept the square tops of the 5360 balusters. You can find 6210 Red Oak handrail (Item# 205744885), or 6510 Red Oak Handrail (Item# 303036371), or 6710 Red Oak handrail (Item# 303036395), right here on HomeDepot.com. Just copy/paste the Item# in the search bar, and that particular profile should show for you. If you have additional questions, we'll reply as fast as we can. Thank you.
Hi Sharon, there are several methods one can use to attach these balusters to the tread. In the case of these primed balusters, each baluster includes a bottom "pin" that is 1/2" deep, and 3/4" diameter. Installers will simply drill a 3/4" x 1/2" hole in the tread, insert the baluster pin into that hole, then either nail in place with a finish nail, or apply a thin bead of wood glue to the bottom of the baluster. If you have additional questions, we will reply as quickly as we can. Thank you.
Hi Rhoda, you ask a great question. While many people have no problems with cutting balusters to the correct height, others want a baluster that's closer to the height they need with minimal waste. On a return tread stair for example (such as the one shown in the picture), having two heights of balusters will produce a minimal amount of waste. I hope that answers your question. If you have more questions, we'll reply as quickly as we can. Thank you!
Hi David, it's best to use a larger plowed rail for this type of baluster (6210, 6510, and 6710). The rail can be plowed to accept the top square of the baluster for easier, more precise installations. If you have additional questions, we'll reply as quickly as we can. Thank you.
Yes, the measurement is exactly 1 3/4" squared. Thank You