Snap Lock Balusters are going to change the way do it yourselfers and builders alike install aluminum balusters systems and here's why.
If you have ever used a vertical plug style baluster system to build deck railing you know the hassle that it is. Lining up fifteen loose fitting, dangling balusters so that they perfectly and simultaneously fit into the plugs from the upper 2x4 rail can be a nightmare.
But with the Snap'n Lock™ Balusters' sideways installation method, even a beginner with minimal skill can install deck railing balusters all by themselves, faster and easier for a truly luxurious looking railing.
Traditional baluster connectors are plugs that screw on to the 2x4 and the hollow baluster is designed to slip over.
There are variations of this concept and some have concentric horizontal ribbing to grip the baluster.
You push the baluster down on to the plug and it fits inside the tube.
You can bore the holes yourself or buy 2x4s pre-drilled sometimes.
In either case, it is relatively easy to insert balusters into the connectors or bored holes of a lower 2x4 rail.
However it becomes much more challenging and frustrating to simultaneously align a dozen or more balusters into plugs or holes on the underside of an upper 2x4.
Using Snap Lock Balusters really is as simple as... Screw, Snap and Lock.
Simply screw the base to the 2x4. Snap in the baluster. Slide down and lock the collar. That's it.
But not only is it fast to install, it's also fast and easy to uninstall.
And this is a huge benefit when it comes time for maintenance with a wood railing. Here is what we mean.
The collar releases using a slot screw driver.
Stain or paint around the base quickly and easily. No need to use tape.
Just slide and lock the collar down when you are done.
Replace old worn 2x2 wood pickets with Snap Lock Balusters without having to dismantle the entire railing.
Sideways installation make this possible!
With traditional plug systems you have to take down the entire railing and rebuild from scratch.
Make sure to measure the gap between your upper and lower 2x4 rails and pick the 25" or 31" and then cut them down to your specific gap less 1/2" for the thickness of the base connectors.
Aluminum is so easy to cut and is not subject to oxidization the same way ferrous metal are.
This saves you a lot of time and money. But the best thing is that you just gave your old worn out wood railing a brand new life.
Do not let the simple look of the Snap Lock Balusters fool you. A lot of thought went into conceiving this design in order to make it work so well. The base and the collar are designed to incredibly tight tolerances so they fit together like a glove and constrict around the baluster to hold it tight eliminating any wobble.
Balustrades were subjected to a standard push test over one square foot (three balusters). The design load is 50 pounds per square foot (psf) and a safety factor of 2.5x is required. The Snap'n Lock Balusters sustained 515 lbs before failing. That is equivalent to a safety factor greater than ten times.
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The sidewalls of the base are free to flex and accept the baluster as it is pushed in place. The mating surfaces of the base and the collar are sloped so that as they slide together the fit gets tighter and tighter until they lock together once fully seated.
The parts can be released by fitting a slot screwdriver under the color and popping it up. This allows for easy maintenance or the addition of decorative baluster collars anytime after installation.
Let's take a closer look at how the stair adapters work with the Snap Lock Balusters connectors.
No need to cut balusters at an angle.
Just snap the adapter to the underside of the base connector and screw the unified parts to the 2x4 as normal.
This helpful visual guide is worth a thousand words and shows just how simple it is.
The shorter 25" balusters are recommended for most common stair rail applications as shown in the diagram.
The adapters are set at 35 degrees to match the common rise and run for stairs under the residential code.
But sometimes you might have a slightly shorter rise and a longer run. This changes the angle slightly and can differ from the 35 degree default.
Don't worry. They have enough flex to accommodate stairs from 33 to 38 degrees.
Whether you are a builder or a do it yourselfer, get ready to build your railings faster and easier. The finished look is outstanding and totally achievable.
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