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I have a newel post with a plate underneath, see attached picture. It is wobbly. I have tried using pocket screws to secure the post, however they get stuck at what I believe to be this plate. What is this plate? How can I remove it/tighten the post?

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  • You won't be able to do much without more access. Is the basement below unfinished? Would you consider disassembling the railing section?
    – isherwood
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 21:15
  • I thought that may be the case. It is a split level and the post is in the upper level.. no access below without tearing a wall out.
    – Michael
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 1:48
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    Does the wood move with respect to the bracket, or does the bracket move with respect to the floor?
    – isherwood
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 2:16
  • The bracket and the post both move with respect to the floor.
    – Michael
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 14:54

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