Loose newel post

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Old 01-08-18, 05:42 PM
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Loose newel post

My upstairs newel post has become loose. I believe it is a solid oak 4x4 ( no access from below). It has a large 1 1/2” wood plug near the bottom. I assume they used a large bolt (Sure-Tite style) and screw to fasten it to the floor.
I would rather not just toe nail a few 6” lags and then attempt to wood plug the holes. (Ugly and not very strong?)
If they did use a Sure-Tite system, how often do these come loose? How can I remove the large 1 1/2” wood plug without damaging the newel. If I can get the plug out, could I just tighten down the nut?
Is there a better fix?
Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 01-08-18, 06:09 PM
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You will have to ruin the plug by drilling a 1/8" hole in it. Then drive a screw into it, and pull the plug out. Hopefully they didn't glue it in. If they did, you will have to drill it out.
 
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Old 01-10-18, 01:54 PM
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XSleeper - Worked like a charm. Drilled and inserted screw, popped out no problem. Just had a small dab of glue holding it in there.
Couple turns with a closed face wrench and the newel tightened right down.
Now I just need to find a 1-1/2” replacement oak plug.
Thanks for the help.
 
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