Iron railing install, floating hardwood floor

Old 09-18-18, 04:55 PM
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Question Iron railing install, floating hardwood floor

We are in the process of replacing our main floor living, hallway, and dining area carpet with an engineering hardwood that will float. The home is a 1970s split level that has about an 8-foot railing in the sunken living room separating it from the main stairway and entrance. The current railing is screwed directly into the subfloor through the carpet in 4 points. We are replacing the railing, but it will maintain the same configuration (see attached).

My question is how to attach the new railing without compromising the floating floor? The hardwood installer mentioned drilling larger holes through the flooring than the gauge of the screws, allowing the floor room to move around the post once screwed in. Would this work or is there a better solution?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-18-18, 07:58 PM
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Get yourself a 1x8 or 1x10 oak board, shape the edges, stain to match your floating floor and counter sink, screw and plug that to the edge under your iron railing attached to the framing of the wall under it. You then attach the railing system to this and take your floating floor up to this trim and cover with shoe molding.

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