Here are the most frequently asked building code questions and answers for those of you who are contemplating using the Titan Post Anchor on an upcoming project.
A lot of people want to install a wood post quick and easy without a lot of carpentry skill, extra hardware and notching deck boards that accompanies joist mounting applications. Others are trying to set a wood post onto hard surfaces like stone or concrete.
In both cases, you may need to know how to do it so that the final design meets the residential code design and safety factors.
You will be happy to now that the engineering testing from Titan Building Products and performed by Intertek covers all jurisdictions in North America.
So let's dig in.
Reading the following questions and answers will help you understand this issue better.
Has the 4x4 Titan Post Anchor been tested by an independent lab?
Can I see the test report?
Can I build a wood railing system with the post anchor that will meet the building code?
How high does a guard rail have to be?
How does post spacing affect the strength of a railing?
Can I connect the post anchor directly to deck boards?
A railing system is made up of a plurality of posts and railing sections connected between each post. Each post shares a percentage of the load against the railing system. The more posts over a specific distance and the more rigid the railing sections between the posts, the less force each post absorbs and thus the stronger the railing system.
The stronger a single post is in its overall role and function within a railing system, the farther apart these posts can be spaced and still provide a certain degree of lateral resistance.
If weaker posts are used, they may be spaced closer together in order to increase the resultant strength of the railing system and thus potentially still meet the minimum code requirements.
Yes. However the post to deck connection is only as strong as the deck boards. Blocking should be placed under the deck boards so the fasteners have more material to connect to.