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Lisa Von Domek
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Barbara Todaro although Jeff Dowler has the technically correct answer, we all know that the real reason the post is at the end of the stairs is to support the newel cap.  That cap is all important to keep the kids that slide down the railing from flying off at the end!  

Oct 23, 2016 06:10 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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Stop!  Sometimes in the name of love too.  

Oct 24, 2016 12:02 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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Anchors the handrail & the last place where you hit your head after falling down the stairs. Usually quite substantial so you really feel it.

Oct 23, 2016 06:54 AM
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Marco Giancola
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It anchors the railing. Hi btw-I was thinking of you @the beach today

Oct 23, 2016 06:48 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Lisa Von Domek nailed this one!

Oct 24, 2016 04:46 AM
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Carol Williams
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My college boyfriend's name was Newell.  Turns out he wasn't needed.  LOL

Oct 24, 2016 12:44 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Barbara Todaro It's the post at the bottom or top of a staircase. I do like Lisa Von Domek 's answer.

Oct 23, 2016 11:17 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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That's something 'Newell'!

 

Have you taken over for Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers ?

Oct 23, 2016 10:23 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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You only need on if you don't want your stair rail to come tumbling down.

Oct 23, 2016 12:18 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Lisa Von Domek gets my vote!

Oct 23, 2016 12:02 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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I thought you were talking about a blogger on ActiveRain.   Never mind.

Oct 23, 2016 11:56 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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Main stablizer/anchor  for pickets / handrail.

Oct 23, 2016 07:11 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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It is a staircase part and is the larger post that supports the handrail.

Oct 23, 2016 06:33 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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It's the main post of a stairway banister that anchors the handrail. I think it's also the central post in a sprial staircase

Oct 23, 2016 05:29 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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If the owelled one is baroque!

Oct 24, 2016 12:40 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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I learned from the answers.

Oct 23, 2016 11:45 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Anchor post! Again, as usual, late to the party!

Oct 23, 2016 11:31 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The posts that support the hand rail.

Oct 23, 2016 09:45 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Barbara Todaro - few good answers - and now I know about Newell Post...

Oct 23, 2016 03:59 PM
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William Feela
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WEll,  know that a few kids have hurt something not stopping in time when sliding

Oct 23, 2016 12:48 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Thanks for another good question Barbara Todaro 

Many of the answers here remind me of my childhood home with staircase that we secretly slide down.  Thank goodness all the right parts were in place and we all lived to tell the story in later years, of course. If our parents knew how many times we slide down we might not be here today.

Oct 23, 2016 12:29 PM
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Debbie Laity
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This is part of the staircase. 

Oct 23, 2016 11:19 AM
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Bob Crane
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An item that was added to my vocabulary tonight.

Oct 23, 2016 09:38 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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When i was younger it would be what stops me when i slide down the railing. I do see many a loose Newell posts in older homes. Perhaps from years of just that

Oct 23, 2016 07:35 AM