Just a short note to let you know that we were really pleased with the individual items, that Shaw Stairs Ltd made for our new house. We have had numerous complimentary comments from visitors, and my clients regarding staircase etc. Your staffs were also courteous and professional, I will definitely be recommending Shaw Stairs again.

My husband and I would just like to say how delighted we are with our recent staircase renovation. From the initial enquiry right through to the completion of the project the service we received was first class. It was a real pleasure to do business with your company and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Please pass on our thanks once again to everyone involved.
Kind regards
John and Karen Hayes from Milton Keynes

Wow! What a transformation! Just wanted to say thank you for our staircase renovation. Excellent job, first class in every respect and superb craftsmanship. Your team were a pleasure to have in the house and nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you,
Jim & Clare Cooksley, Cardiff

What a great company, from the first meeting with Chris (designer) to plan our new stairs, through to the survey with Chris, to the fitting carried out by Brian and Jowel (whose workmanship is exemplary). All concerned made this a pleasant experience. We are absolutely delighted with the end product and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Shaw Stairs to anyone.
Wayne and Helen, Warwick

"I must let the world know what a fantastic job your guys did, with oak and glass, to remodel our staircase. It is stunning and the care taken with tiny details has been quite amazing. Moreover, it was a pleasure to have the pair of them in our home. Permanent smiles on their faces, obviously loving the job and proud of the result, Great stuff, Thank You All."
Mr & Mrs Bolton, Chepstow

How to fit wooden spindles

Posted on 21st March 2019
Wondering how to fit your timber balustrade or how to fit wooden spindles to a stairs? Torn between oak timber and pine wood? Looking for more information on how to fit oak spindles or how to fit various banister spindles? Then look no further; you have come to the right place! This handy guide will provide information on fitting timber balustrades and components. 
Step 1 - Using new or existing newel posts?
Firstly, you need to decide if you are looking to keep your existing newel posts in place, or if you are looking to change these. We offer full newel posts which can be viewed here by exploring the different timbers available such as pine and oak. We also offer a spigot newel post option, which is designed to be used where an existing newel post cannot be completely removed. This video by one of our suppliers, Richard Burbidge, shows how the spigot newel posts are secured in place and a good example of where you would use spigot newels. 
It is key that the new newel post or newel base is positioned centrally to the stair string to ensure the handrail can be fitted correctly. Also, you must ensure the newel post is long enough to support the handrail to the height outlined by current legislation (900mm tall, March 2019). The handrail height is measured from the pitch line which is an invisble line running from the bottom to the top of the stairs across the nosings of each tread. 
Staircase parts explained | Pitch line, treads and risers on a staircase
Step 2 - Installing the banister / handrail and baserail
The baserail is very simple to install. All you need to do is place the baserail on top of the string and mark where this needs to be cut to sit flush against the newels. Then simply apply a bit of PVA woodglue and screw the baserail down into the stair string. 
Installing the handrail is a very similar concept, however the handrails are fitted to the newel post and where they gain their strength. We offer a handrail fixing kit for this option as shown in the diagram below and you can view this product on our store by clicking here.
Universal handrail fixing kit with cover button | Easy handrail installation
Another option which can be considered for fitting the handrail is our chrome or brushed nickel universal handrail connectors which we have to suit a range of different handrail profiles we offer. These are simply fixed to the newel post and screwed to the handrail and adjust in angle to suit most stairs and landing sections.
Fit handrail to newel post
Step 3 - Installing the spindles
Now you are ready to install your spindles! This guide focuses on fitting wooden spindles to a stairs, however the first few steps can be applied when fitting other styles such as glass balustrades, chrome spindles or iron balustrades
Firstly, make sure you're up to date on all current legislation regarding balustrade, for example, the current requirement for spacing between spindles is a maximum gap that a 100mm sphere cannot pass through. Also for UK domestic balustrades, the handrail height achieved would need to be a minimum of 900mm, therefore requiring you use this size spindle (March, 2019). 
Oak stair spindles
*picture above is our contemporary raymond twist range
Similar to the method of cutting the handrail and baserail, offer the spindles up to the gap between the rails and mark where these need to be cut and to the angle of the stairs. Ensure enough is left at the top and the bottom to fit comfortably into the groove of both rails. Simply space your spindles, equally between the newels. You can use the infill provided to help you do so, but ensure you do not exceed the maximum gap between each spindle which is allowed (currently a maximum of 100mm). You must ensure the infill used between each spindles is at very least glued in place, if not nailed or pinned also. This will ensure the infill stays in the right place and maintains the consistent flow of the spindles. You would use the same method for fitting spindles to the landing also. 
Step 4 - Installing newel caps
Although there is no specific regulation against needing to use newel caps, the majority agree these help to complete a staircase refurbishment and finish off the stairs nicely. 
We offer a range of newel caps here at Shaw Stairs, including timber and metal caps or even combinations of the two so we are guaranteed to have something that suits your style! 
Newel Post Caps
The majority of our newel caps are recessed on the underside so you will simply apply a layer of PVA wood glue and place the caps ontop of the post. These are really simple to install yourselves and are great if you aren't very competent in carpentry! 
The following instructions are a guide to be used when fitting timber spindles and parts to a staircase or landing area. If you have any further questions, you can contact our techincial sales team on 01827 54988.
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*If you are looking to finish your staircase balustrade, then we strongly recommended this is completed prior to installation. The sooner the parts are finished, then sooner they are protected against moisture and other environmental factors. Once installed, we would recommend a final coat to finish the stair parts to a high standard. 
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