Base Plate EZ Rail Installation Method–download the PDF version for your convenience

EZ-Rail Base Plate Installation
If you have wood steps or don’t want to dig or pour concrete then this is the method for you.  A hammer drill is recommended for concrete but a regular drill with a masonry bit may work in many cases.
Tools and materials needed

  • EZ Rail with base plate from Zottola Fab
  • For Concrete: Hammer drill and 5/16? masonry bit and 5/16″ sleeve or wedge anchors (not included)?in many cases a regular drill may also work .
  • For Wood: 5/16″ lag bolts (not included), drill pilot holes a few sizes smaller.
  • Wrenches and or ratchet set.
  • Finishing paint

*If you have any questions in regards to what type of paint to use or which type of bolt you will need, please see your local hardware store professional.  Hardware is also available in our on-line store.

Step 1:  Assemble your EZ Rail
Assemble your EZ Rail using the hardware provided.  Don’t completely tighten the post so they can be adjusted later.  After Step 3 is completed, finish up by tightening these bolts, being careful not to over tighten.
Step 2:  Set up your rail
Space the posts evenly between the front and back of the steps so that each base plate is centered on it’s step.  Have an assistant hold the rail in place while you prepare to drill through the holes in the base plate.

plate diagram

wedge and lag boltsStep 3:  Drill and insert your wedge anchors
You should drill and insert anchors one hole at a time.  This will prevent the base plate from misaligning with the holes.  Drill deep enough for the wedge anchor to go all the way in.  When all the anchors have been inserted tighten until snug.  Don’t over tighten, if the bolt snaps, they can be difficult to extract.  If you must extract an anchor, remove the base plate.  Using needle nose type pliers or other pliers, wiggle and pull on the sheath, not the bolt, until it releases.  For wood, pre-drill and use lag bolts.
Your EZ Rail comes sprayed with gray primer.  This must be covered with rust-protecting paint before or after installation. (We recommend painting after installation, as it is easy to nick the paint while installing.) Touch up any nicks caused by shipping and installation.  To help your rail stay beautiful for years to come, sand down rust spots and repaint.