Cedar Log Railings Installation Guide
Horizontal Log Railings
Do not remove bands from rails until all assembly is complete.Your cedar log railings are installed by inserting the rail sections marked as follows:
The cedar log railing sections are marked on the tenon of the top rail (A, B, C, etc.). This letter identifies the section. Notched posts are marked on the notch. Suppor posts and un-notched posts are marked on the bottom. It is important to follow the numbered posts with the corresponding railing sections to insure proper fit. The log posts can vary slightly in diameter and have been designated for the corresponding rail section only.
Whenever it is possible, dry fit the posts and railing sections from corner to corner. This will allow you to make any adjustments before bolting the posts to the rim joist. Be sure all the posts are plumb before marking for any drilling or notching that may be required.
Tenon Rail -Match the correct rail sections with corresponding posts. Example: Section "A" inserts into post 1. Section "B" inserts into post 2 etc.
Dry fit your rails with posts. Be sure all the posts are plumb. With the railing sections in place (between posts), bolt all the posts in place. Remove the strapping from the railing section.
Square Cut Rails -Follow the diagram provided for all posts and rail length sections. Fit the rails in between the posts. Trimming will be necessary. We give 2" of over length to allow you room to fit the railing sections perfectly. We recommend using 3 1/2" screws to secure the log rails to the posts.
Log Stair Railing Installation Guide
Stair and Ramp Instructions:All of your stair rails are heald together with plastic banding. Because the bands are snug tight, the cedar log stair railing angle may be compressed. It may be necessary to remove bands prior to assembly to position the spindles and log rails at the proper angle. In this case, you can use a rope or bungee cords to hold the log stair rails together again. We would recommend you screw the rail/tenon into the post with 3 1/2" screws, and the spindles into the rail with 2 1/2" screws
For Drilled and Tenoned Rails:Position and plumb the top stair post in the proper placement on your tread or deck, and bolt the post securely. Angled rails will generally be at a different height than straight rails. Insert the cedar log stair rails into the top post, and snug the middle and/or bottom post into the rails. You can then bolt the post permanently to the treads or stringer.
For Over Length Ends:Hold the cedar log stair railing section next to the installed stair posts and mark each rail end for trimming. We leave 4" of over length on each end to allow you room to fit your railing perfectly in place. Depending on your preference, you can cope the railing around the post, or make a flat spot where the log railing section intersects the post. During this process, be sure all of the spindles remain plumb.
Below is a diagram showing a few commonly used methods of mounting your log stair railing to the corresponding posts.