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TAM-RAIL Straight Rail Installation Guide

STRAIGHT RAIL INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
6', 8', or 10' Straight Rail Kit available in 36" or 42" rail heights

IMPORTANT PRODUCT SAFETY AND
PRE-INSTALLATION INFORMATION
The following installation instructions are provided to guide you through the installation process of the TAM-RAIL® Straight Rail Kit. TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. shall not be held liable for improper or unsafe installations. Failure to follow these instructions may lead to an unsafe product and will adversely effect coverage under the Limited Warranty. TAMKO recommends that all designs be reviewed by a licensed architect, engineer or local building offi cial before installation to ensure that they are safe and in compliance with local building code requirements.

TOOLS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION
Tape measure, miter saw or hack saw, drill, #2 square drive bit, level, safety glasses, and hearing protection. For larger construction projects, a miter saw and drill are strongly recommended for quicker installation.




6' STRAIGHT RAIL KIT
COMPONENTS:
8' STRAIGHT RAIL KIT
COMPONENTS:
10' STRAIGHT RAIL KIT
COMPONENTS:
6' TAM-RAIL Top Rail 8' TAM-RAIL Top Rail 10' TAM-RAIL Top Rail
6' TAM-RAIL Bottom Rail 8' TAM-RAIL Bottom Rail 10' TAM-RAIL Bottom Rail
Square (13) or Colonial Balusters (14) Square (18) or Colonial Balusters (19) Square (23) or Colonial Balusters (24)
Top Rail Metal Brackets (2) Top Rail Metal Brackets (2) Top Rail Metal Brackets (2)
Bottom Rail Metal Brackets (2) Bottom Rail Metal Brackets (2) Bottom Rail Metal Brackets (2)
Top Rail Bracket Covers (2) Top Rail Bracket Covers (2) Top Rail Bracket Covers (2)
Bottom Rail Bracket Covers (2) Bottom Rail Bracket Covers (2) Bottom Rail Bracket Covers (2)
1" Stainless Screws (13) 1" Stainless Screws (13) 1" Stainless Screws (13)
2" Stainless Screws (13) 2" Stainless Screws (13) 2" Stainless Screws (13)
Crush Block (1) Crush Block (1) Crush Block (2)
Bracket Placement Template Bracket Placement Template Bracket Placement Template

SUBSTITUTION FOR THESE COMPONENTS IS NOT ALLOWED
AS SUBSTITUTING COMPONENTS COULD CAUSE A SAFETY HAZARD.

INSTALLATION STEPS
1. Install and prepare posts or other mounting surfaces for TAM-RAIL Railing installation. Ensure mounting surfaces are level and plumb. (Fig. 1) TAMKO recommends using TAM-RAIL Post Mount Systems or wood posts covered with our matching TAM-RAIL Post Sleeve.


2. Measure the length between posts and confirm the TAM-RAIL Railing Kit required. (Fig. 2)

TAM-RAIL STRAIGHT RAIL KIT RAIL LENGTHS
Nominal Rail Length 6' 8' 10'
Actual Rail Length, Colonial Balusters 70-1/4" 93-7/8" 120"
Actual Rail Length, Square Balusters 71-3/4" 95-1/4" 120"



3. Lay the bottom rail beside the posts with the pre-routed baluster holes facing upward and evenly spaced. Mark the rail with an additional 1/8" removed from each end to compensate for the metal brackets. (Fig. 3)



IMPORTANT: A minimum of 1-7/8" rail length is required from the end of rail to fi first baluster on both ends of the rail. Check end spacing and shift the position of the rail before cutting if required. Ensure that the gap between posts and balusters will not exceed 4".

When positioned and marked properly cut the bottom rail.

4. Lay the top rail beside the bottom rail with baluster holes aligned. Mark and cut the top rail to match the bottom rail length and end spacing. (Fig. 3)

5. Trim the crush block(s) to appropriate length and insert into the pre-cut hole(s) on the underside of the bottom rail.

NOTE: Typical crush block length is 5-1/4" to allow for a 2" clearance between the deck surface and bottom rail. Be sure to check with your local building code offi cials for any bottom rail clearance or rail height requirements. Improper rail clearance or rail height could cause a safety hazard. The formula for crush block length is: deck surface to bottom rail clearance + 3-1/4".



6. Use the bracket placement template to position the top and bottom metal brackets (marked “TOP” and “BOT”) and secure brackets in place using the six screws provided, affi xing four on top and two on the bottom. (Fig. 4) Use the 2" screws for mounting to a wood post, or the 1" screws included in TAM-RAIL Post Mount kit when mounting to the TAM-RAIL Post Mount System.

NOTE: The template is designed for a 2" clearance from deck surface to bottom rail.

7. Slide bottom bracket covers over the bottom rail and position the rail between the bottom rail metal brackets. (Fig. 5) Level the rail and secure in place on both sides of the metal brackets using two of the 1" screws provided. Snap the bracket covers over the metal brackets.



8. Insert balusters into the pre-routed bottom rail holes. Check with your local code offi offcials for any rail height requirements.

9. Slide top bracket covers over both ends of the top rail. Align top rail over the balusters and insert balusters one at a time until the top rail is fully installed. (Fig. 6)



10. Secure top rail in place by installing two 1" screws on both sides of the metal brackets. Snap bracket covers over the metal brackets.


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