Step 4: Find the Top Angle

Hold a sliding T-bevel against the upstairs side of an existing baluster, pivot its blade against the underside of the handrail, and tighten its nut to lock the blade. To transfer this angle to the new baluster, hold the T-bevel against the new baluster so that the blade is beside the mark made in Step 3; use the blade's edge to mark the cutline.
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    Tools List

    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • nippers
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • sliding T-bevel
      Sliding T-bevel
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • block plane
      Block plane
    • drill
    • 1/16-inch drill bit
      1/16-inch drill bit
    • hammer
    • nailset

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