If you are interested in proper wood deck rail construction, and
plan to use traditional post to joist carpentry techniques, you should
familiarize yourself with the typical scenarios you may face in terms of
Here is a very common situation when building deck railings. This shows
some helpful railing construction tips for installing a corner post
inside the joists and the hardware you will need.
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Required Hardware And Cost
This is a corner post situation that avoids notching the post - which
you should always avoid. Keep in mind corner or direction changes are
the strongest parts of any railing.
But you will have to do some pretty finicky notching of the decking boards around the post. So make sure your carpentry skills are up to scratch.
Don't forget the correct hardware which is important to get it right.
Some people however will find this level of railing construction
beyond their ability or desire to install all this hardware, or notch
the decking boards around each post.
And some people are concerned about their posts remaining
vulnerable to moisture over the years because of direct wood on wood
If this is you, there are other deck rail construction methods that are less expensive and will give you a high quality and beautiful looking railing.
Take for example this low profile internal wood railing post anchor shown here.
At less than twenty bucks, it can be used in code
compliant residential deck rail construction when installed according to
the manufacuturer's engineering guidelines.
A Simple And Cost Effective Option
This is a potential solution for new wood deck construction, replacing
rotted railing posts, or as support posts for pergolas, gazebos, decks,
Then watch this video of a surface mount wood post anchor that has been tested for use with wood deck railings and costs less than $20 with all the hardware you will ever need and it covers all the possible situations described above.
So there you have it.
A thorough explanation of building traditional wood railing for decks and alternative solutions for great looking deck railing. You decide which is right for your specific project.
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