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TREX® Railing Installation Guidelines


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HOW TO INSTALL TRADITIONAL RAILING
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Installing Pressure-Treated Posts

  • Posts are to be installed 6' or 8' on center to accomodate railing length.
  • Attach posts using ½" carriage bolts.
  • Minimum joist size is 2x8.
  • Top bolts must be 1" from tops of joists.
  • Bottom bolts must be 5-1/8" from top bolts.
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NOTE: Blocking can be added for extra strength.

Installing Post Sleeve Skirts and Post Sleeves

2.  Slide post sleeve skirt over post and down to rest on decking surface. Slide post sleeve over post and position inside post sleeve skirt. TREX RAIL

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Installing Railing Support Brackets (RSBs)

3a.  Mark 5-1/2" and 35-1/16" from deck surface OR for 42" height, mark 5-1/2" and 41-1/16" from the deck surface.
3b.  Place RSBs directly under the marks, center on posts, and secure with 2" wood screws (provided with post sleeve). Place top RSBs flat side UP, bottom RSBs flat side DOWN.

Cutting Railings
4.  Measure between posts and cut rails
to same length.
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NOTES:

  • If using optional rail gaskets subtract 1/16" from each end.
  • Attach baluster spacers to railings before cutting to allow for cleaner cut and less work.
  • When measuring, cut equal lengths from each side of railing and baluster spacer to ensure equal spacing of balusters per each railing section.
  • In some cases, the gasket can be attached before tighting railing to RSB.
  • If gaskets are tight, use a small flat head screwdriver to compress the tabs of the gasket if they are stuck outside the rail.

Attaching Bottom Rail (Universal Rail) and Foot Block
NOTE: FOOT BLOCKS COME WITH SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ATTACH RAILINGS - ALSO REFER TO THESE INSTRUCTIONS AS WELL.

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5a.  Center foot block in universal rail channel or on beveled bottom rail and attach. DO NOT extend foot block.
5b.  Lift bottom rail so RSBs are in the channel and attach with self-tapping screws (provided).

5c.  Telescope foot block down and screw through opposite sides. Place screw plugs.

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Placing Baluster Spacers and Balusters

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6.  Cut baluster spacers the same length as rails, equally spaced so holes line up.
7.  Snap baluster spacer into bottom rail. Place inverted baluster spacer on top of first baluster spacer. Place balusters in baluster spacer holes.

Attaching Inverted Universal Rail as Top Rail

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8.  Place inverted universal rail onto RSBs with balusters in channel. Attach universal rail to RSBs with two self-tapping screws (provided).
9.  Measure between posts and cut 2x4 to length.

10.  Place 2x4 on universal rail. Attach board to rail with 2" pan-head screw (not provided) every 16" on center.

Pre-drill a pilot hole and toenail 2-1/2" screw at each end of 2x4 into post on back side of rail (side not facing decking).

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11.  Slide baluster spacers up and snap into universal rails.

NOTE: If necessary, cut tips off rail gaskets prior to installation.

10. Secure post cap with silicone or PVC adhesive.

NOTE: Clean up any excess adhesive before drying

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Page 1 - Installation Guidelines

Page 2 - Standard Railing

Page 3 - Cocktail Railing

Page 5 - Angled Crown & Universal

Page 6 - Crown & Universal Stairs

Page 7 - Rnd or Square Alum Balusters


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