Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Spring Bolt™ work?
First, drill a hole in the face of both pieces of rail you are joining. Then attach a spring to the bottom of both holes. Insert the alignment pin that comes with the kit into one of the springs.
At this time you can either apply glue to both surfaces or assemble dry to check the joint for fit. Assemble the joint by aligning one spring with the other and twist the pieces together until you have 3 to 4 full turns after the two surfaces have come in contact with each other.
No plugs or putty are needed since the Spring Bolt™ installation process does not penetrate the finished surface of the rail.
How precise do I have to be when drilling my holes?
How well does the Spring Bolt™ work in terms of profile alignment?
I have used the Spring Bolt™ Rail Connector and I had issues with the screws snapping off. Are you using a good quality screw?
• You screw into wood
• The screw head comes into contact with wood and
• You give the screw an extra 1/2 turn or more
The screw will:
1. Pull itself a little deeper into the wood
2. Strip out or
3. Snap off at the head
Also take into account that end-grain wood does not compress, which will also make a screw more prone to
stripping or snapping.
In some cases you will be able to install a screw along side the one that broke. If the screw breaks, adjust the clutch on
on your drill or use a pilot hole for your screw.
The springs need to be secured to the bottom of the hole but do not need to be embedded into the wood at the base of the hole.
Our screws are made in America. We have had tests performed on the screws as they are being manufactured to ensure that they function as designed.
How much time does it take to install a Spring-Bolt™ and what tools do I need?
*All Spring Bolts™ require a drill, one drill bit and one driver.
How cost effective are your Spring Bolts™?
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It is invisible, has passed load tests, and is efficient!
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Do you have different sizes of Spring Bolts™?
We have designed Spring Bolts™ for use on most of the connections you have to make to install a wood railing system.
· The Regular Rail Spring Bolt™ is designed to join railing fittings to standard size rails.
· The Super Spring Bolt™ is designed to join 2 pieces of straight, straight-to-bent or bent-to-bent rail. This size may also work for attaching a corner newel to a deck.
· The Rail-To-Post Spring Bolt™ is designed to attach rails to the face of block top posts or box newels. This size will also work for making rail fitting joints on large rail profiles.
· The Rail To End Post Spring Bolt™ consists of 2 pair of Rail To Post Springs. One pair of springs is right-hand threaded and the other pair of springs is left-hand threaded. Matching pairs are installed at each end of the rail. When the rail is twisted between two posts, both ends tighten at the same time. This is used to avoid the need to drill and PLUG the face of the newel located on the open end of a section of railing.
· The Post To Deck Spring Bolt™ is designed to attach a wood post to a wood or concrete deck.
Do you need blocking in the deck system for the Post-To-Deck Spring Bolt™?
Does the Spring Bolt™ work on 90-degree rail joints?
NO plugs, NO putty, and NO sanding!
What kind of glue do I use with the Spring-Bolt™?
What do I need to know about the Spring-Bolt™ Epoxy?
It is very important that the 2 parts of the epoxy are thoroughly mixed before placing epoxy in the spring holes. When you have thoroughly mixed the epoxy either place the epoxy in the hole immediately or spread the epoxy on your mixing board to create a thin layer. By spreading the epoxy over your mixing board there will not be a heat build up. Heat build up will render the epoxy unusable in a relatively short period of time.
What do I do if the hardware is installed and I want to make an adjustment to my cut?
Can I make rail joints in my shop and take them apart for quicker assembly in the field?
Once the joint has been made (without glue) you can untwist a joint in a few seconds. Out in the field, you can twist the joints together dry to check for fit and then apply to make the joints permanent. This will cut down the time required on the job site.
Can the Spring Bolt™ be used for all joints?
How strong is the Spring Bolt™ hardware?
When required loads were applied to the railings they passed residential and commercial testing. In addition, we joined two 6” pieces of #6010 red oak rail using Tightbond II glue and a Regular Rail Spring Bolt™. While supported on both ends and ram pressure was applied to the center of the joint, our hardware held up to 1,368 lbs of force.
I used the Post To Deck Spring Bolt™ and the springs did not create a strong pulling force. Does that affect the strength of the joint?
Can I use Spring Bolts™ for my outside deck rails?
We have a Post-to-Deck Spring Bolt™ Kit made for exterior use. The post kit comes with coated springs, a 7/8” x 6” aluminum post pin and stainless steel screws. The springs and the aluminum pin are encased in epoxy and so are not in contact with the wood or the air. As is the case indoors, the post-to-deck hardware requires blocking in the deck frame.