Step 3: Measure the Length

Custom balusters are made long so that they can be trimmed to fit. First, measure the upstairs side of an existing baluster, from the tread up to where it touches the handrail. Hook the tape measure on the bottom edge of the new baluster—not on the tenon—and transfer that measurement to its upstairs side.
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