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

$1268
  • Rubber construction for durability and strength
  • Easily installs up to five 0.5 in. hollow metal balusters
  • Ideal for replacing wood balusters with hollow metal
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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 five balusters and can be used on stairs, angled walls and level balconies.
  • Kit will install up to five 1/2 in. hollow metal balusters
  • Requires common household tools such as metal cutting saw, hammer, drill, measuring tape and allen wrench kit
  • Designed for baluster replacement, but can be used for new construction by drilling new holes in handrails, floor or tread
  • For interior use only
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Q:This is really stupid! The top and bottom caps are made to fit into a 3/4" diameter hole. Most tread holes are 3/4" and the bottom cap will fit. But, the holes in the bottom of the handrail are 5/8" in diameter and the top caps won't fit.
by|Jul 11, 2022
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A:  The reason it is 3/4 is to support the nut and bolt that keeps tension. You just need a 3/4 countersink bit. That will be help you keep the drill in the center of the hole and get the right diameter. It is a little bit of work, but the final result is great.

by|Jul 13, 2022

    A:  Hello! We're sorry to learn that you're having difficulties with our Tap-N-Twist kit. The sole purpose of the top cap is to provide a tight fit in a hole drilled in handrail that was originally drilled for a wood baluster. Since those hole sizes can vary depending on where the wood baluster was cut, the rubber cap at the top may, in some cases, not be necessary. If you have additional questions, post them here and we'll reply as quickly as possible. Or you can call our Customer Care Team at 678-455-5188 (M-F 8am-4pm ET) and we can answer your questions directly. Thank you.

    by|Jul 12, 2022
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      Q:Can these be used on a kneewall stair?
      by|May 3, 2022
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      A:  Most likely a challenge to use on a knee wall depending on where the blocking is located within the wall to be able to drill and mount, plus the angle of the wall might cause difficulty using these as I used the for flat surface stair mount and it was hard enough without an added angle to work with. 

      by|May 6, 2022

        A:  Yes, you just need to get the angled cover for the bottom and top of the baluster.

        by|May 8, 2022

          A:  Yes, you will need to get the right angled shoe. There is an actual video showing how this is done at the home depot site.

          by|May 6, 2022

            A:  Hi JohnB, thank you for the question. You can use these Tap-N-Twist install kits on knee walls. There are instructions included. Also, a video on this landing page illustrates how to install these on a knee wall. If you have additional questions, we'll be happy to answer them for you. So leave your question here, and we will reply as quickly as possible. Thank you!

            by|May 4, 2022
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              Q:There?s no hole in the handrail. What size hole do I drill and how deep?
              by|Oct 6, 2021
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              A:  Hi Adam, please review the install guide located on the product page under Product Overview. Below is a direct link to the guide as well. Please let us know if you have any additional questions! https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pdfImages/5e/5e42b12a-1246-4b53-9f21-d2d1688113c8.pdf

              by|May 20, 2022
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                A:  3/4" diameter hole and approx. 1.5 to 2.5 inches deep.

                by|Jun 16, 2022
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                Q:What size should the hole in the top railing be? The rubber piece doesn't fit into the hole that is drilled into our current railing. HELP
                by|Oct 2, 2021
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                A:  Hi HomeTownLady, Thanks for reaching out! If it is less than 7/8” deep, take a drill and 3/4” diameter drill bit and increase the depth of the hole to 1”. If the hole is greater than 1-1/8” deep, insert a piece of 1/2” wood dowel long enough to reduce the hole depth to 1” into the hole prior to the top cap so that the cap will not seat too deeply into the rail. You will be able to find this (step 7), and complete instructions within the install guide available on the product page: https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pdfImages/5e/5e42b12a-1246-4b53-9f21-d2d1688113c8.pdf

                by|Oct 4, 2021
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                  Very easy to use!
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                  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!
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                    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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                    Awesome product!! Makes doing it yourself so easy!
                    Awesome product!! Makes doing it yourself so easy!
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                    Response from Steve VibertMay 15, 2020
                    Thank you, Jewels! SureWood-LNL
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                    Easy install ...
                    Easy install
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                    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.
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                    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!
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                      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,
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                        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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                          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!
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                          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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                          easy upgrade with fantastic results
                          This is a do it yourself dream. I had no difficulty completing the project and the results are phenomenal. great product!
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                          Response from Steve VibertJun 4, 2018
                          Hi Jeffk, thanks for the kind words. We're glad your project was a success! SureWood-LNL
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                            I used the tap and twist kit when i replaced our white wooden balusters with wrought iron. This ...
                            I used the tap and twist kit when i replaced our white wooden balusters with wrought iron. This made the process of installing the new balusters much easier. My wooden ones slid into a hole under the railing and then twisted onto a double threaded screw that was screwed into the stairs. I followed the instructions and they worked great. I cut the wooden baluster, the top part slid out, the bottom had to be twisted off the screw. I was then left with screw sticking up out of the stair. I unscrewed that and then was left with a small hole. I ended up drilling out the small hole to the size to fit the black plastic seat. I also drilled out the hole on the underside of the railing a little bit to allow room for the rubber plug. You don't have to use the rubber plug, but it does make it nice and snug. Once I had the new baluster ready to go on, I would loosen up the 2 tightening nuts just barely, maybe only 1/8th of a turn or so. I would then install the baluster about a quarter turn counter-clockwise from where i wanted it to end up. Then, when I tightened it up, it would end up just about perfect. This worked pretty well. If i didn't use this kit, my other option (based on youtube videos) was putting a small screw on an angle through the bottom of the baluster and screw into the wood of the stair. I would have then have had to figure out how to make the top snug and not wiggle in the railing. I only rated a 4 out of 5 because a couple of things. The black plastic seats need to be hammered in tight and flush. The first couple of these i wobbled out the hole too much and the seat spun around pretty easily which let them wiggle somewhat. I also had a couple of other ones that didn't really tighten up all the way, so they wiggle slightly as well. But, how often do you yank on the balusters...it should be fine. Overall, I was happy with the product. It worked as intended and the directions were good. In the end it saved me time and headaches and I would recommend it.
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                            Response from Steve VibertJan 31, 2018
                            Hi JeffP, thanks for taking the time to leave a detailed, well-written review. Whether they are positive or negative, we take reviews to heart and use them to make us better. Thank you for your purchase, and the suggestions you gave us. I have passed on your suggestions to our engineering team for their review. We are glad you are happy with your purchase, and that your project turned out successfully. SureWood-LNL
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