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How to Install a Wood Railing with Posts
Step 5: Pre-drill 2"x2" spindles
Using either a counter-sinking drill bit or a standard drill bit, pre-drill two holes at the top and two holes at the bottom of each 2"x2" spindle. From both ends, drill one hole approximately 1-inch from the end and a second hole approximately 3" inches from the first hole. Pre-drilling all spindles at once ensures greater accuracy and placement. Next, align a group of spindles together. Using a chalk line or a pencil, mark the locations on the 2"x2" spindles.
(DO NOT PRE-DRILL THE SPINDLES ON THE DECK SURFACE)
After the holes are pre-drilled, start a 2 1/2" deck screw in the top and bottom holes of each 2"x2" spindle.
Preparing the 2"x"2 spindles can be done during any point of the project (This a great project for the relative that wants to help but doesn't have the best skills. Or, when it is raining.).
2"x2" lumber is dried more than most other lumber sizes. Because of the combination of small size and lower moisture content, 2"x2" spindles will have a tendency to split when securing to the rail. To reduce the chances of splitting, pre-drill the holes for the deck screws with a countersinking drill bit.