When selecting balusters for your next project one particular item, you will need to decide how you would like your balusters to look on your stairway. Balusters are manufactured in two different ways: 3-Length and 5-Length.
The 3-Length Baluster System aligns the bottom square and the turned area of the baluster with the rake (angle) of the stairway. Balusters come with a loose bottom dowel pin and trimmed from the bottom on your job site.
The 5-Length Baluster System aligns the bottom square and the turned portion of the baluster horizontally on each tread. Balusters have a fixed bottom dowel pin and trimmed from the top on your job site.