How to Replace a Broken Baluster
It only takes a few minutes to fill the unsafe and unsightly gap in a stairway’s balustrade where a spindle is missing
Pry Off the End Cap
Use a utility knife to cut through the finish in the joint between the stair tread and its end cap, then insert a small pry bar and gently work the cap free, as shown. Pull out any nails, using nippers, and remove the old finish in the joint, using a pull scraper.
Shown: TOH senior technical editor Mark Powers pries the end cap off a stair tread so that he can fit a replacement baluster into the tread’s mortise.