How to Replace Outdated Newel Posts

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The newel post anchors the entire balustrade for a stairwell. Older generations favored different designs than contemporary home owners, which means you may need to update the newel posts. This not only provides a fresh look to the stairway, it also allows you to incorporate your own sense of design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the plug on the underside of the banister next to the newel post. To loosen the plug, drill a pilot hole, insert a screw and use a pair or pliers to pull out the plug. Some newel posts also have a bolt holding them in place. Look for this and remove it if your newel post has one.

  2. 2

    Use a putty knife to break the glue around the base of the post. A wooden peg under the house may secure the newel post in place. If you can't easily lift it out, check for the peg and remove it.

  3. 3

    Pull out the outdate newel post. Before you insert a new post, reinforce the joint at the bottom of the stairs with a screw.

  4. 4

    Insert the new post. You need to match up the fittings for the new post. If you take the old newel post to a woodworking shop, they can custom make a newel post to fit the old fittings.

  5. 5

    Replace the attachments. Work in reverse starting with the last item you removed. This could be the wooden peg under the house or it may just be the plug.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for all newel posts.

Tips and warnings

  • Always drill pilot holes to prevent wood from cracking.

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