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Ed Killian
08-19-2006, 06:12 AM
Hi Folks,
What's the best way to remove a heavily bedded rubrail with out breaking it?
Thanks

Bob Cleek
08-20-2006, 01:32 PM
Use wedges carefully. Cut a bunch of wedges and start with a spot where you've pried an opening. Tap, tap, tap... until you've got enough space to put in the next wedge, then tap, tap, tap... Don't try to rip the thing off all at once. Spread the pressure gently and work down the length of the piece. It should eventually come off. Don't be too discouraged if it breaks where the grain runs out... this sometimes happens and can sometimes be repaired by gluing it with epoxy adhesive.

sdowney717
08-20-2006, 02:02 PM
as you wedge it, you can also take a sharp knife and slice thru the rubbery adhesive as it is stretched.
a couple of steel logsplitting wedges is perhaps what you need.

Dont bed it back on with that stuff. Just paint the wood, screw it back on and caulk it with DAP Dynaflex 230 latex 50 yr caulk.
I just replaced a rubrail and where it met the planking, ran a bead of this and smoothed it with the finger.

Mike Vogdes
08-20-2006, 03:56 PM
I would try cedar shims befor resorting to steel wedges. Steel wedges may damage the surfaces and cause more harm than good.

Ed Killian
08-20-2006, 07:26 PM
Thanks - great advice
Ed