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    Default merbau handrailing laminated or solid ?

    Need to do the handrailing on my balcony couple of 4m runs just thinking laminated will be better to get delivered than solid as its generally always straight . any downsides ? Handrailing will be 90 x 42

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    hi mark south side mostly with a couple of metres to the west . covered by roof eaves . will be oiled

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    Quote Originally Posted by achjimmy View Post
    hi mark south side mostly with a couple of metres to the west . covered by roof eaves . will be oiled
    It is hard getting solid lengths in which case laminated is probably a good alternative, you will pick the glue lines but it will be stsble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achjimmy View Post
    Need to do the handrailing on my balcony couple of 4m runs just thinking laminated will be better to get delivered than solid as its generally always straight . any downsides ? Handrailing will be 90 x 42
    Laminated is fine, it's nice and straight, but you will see the individual segments, which I don't like the look of, all comes down to personal preference.

    If it's undercover it won't be an issue, I would hesitate to put laminated in an exposed situation, even though it's rated for this, I have seen various laminated timbers delaminate in exposed situations.
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    When I did my rails I ended up hunting around various timber yards to get long straight runs, not wanting the segmented look, as well as my concern with exterior exposure too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achjimmy View Post
    hi mark south side mostly with a couple of metres to the west . covered by roof eaves . will be oiled
    Sorry, didn't see your reply. My brain is still foggy ...
    I am afraid I also have doubts about the glue capacity to keep it together in high UV and moisture environment. If you were to paint the railings, may be OK. Fully exposed ... I don't think so.
    Try to find nice straight length, and stay away from Bunnings for that. Try Barrenjoey timber or Canterbury timber and tell the guys you need a few special pieces for handrail.
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    Thanks again everyone . Marc I am in the mtns so I went to home hardware in Penrith who is the old Hudson’s timber yard . Old school big timber yard and was able to choose some good straight 4.8s and 6ms in solid so all good now thanks . Just wetting them up a couple of times before I fit them . Cheers

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    Good job.
    It is refreshing to know that not everyone thinks Bumthings is the only hardware in existence.
    Post some pictures of your handy work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Good job.
    It is refreshing to know that not everyone thinks Bumthings is the only hardware in existence.
    Post some pictures of your handy work
    will do . Bumthings lol

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