In our example we used 2 laminate 2x8s (7.25 inches high) and set the
beam directly on top of the 4x4 post. We also used some metal strapping
and brackets to securely connect the beam with the post.
Starting at the line for perfectly level, measure down the thickness
of the deck boards, joists, and the beam itself. Mark this point on the
This is where you will cut your 4x4 posts and since they are only
tacked in place, they can easily be removed for cutting. Think about
setting beams so they extend beyond the perimeter of the deck wherever
possible. They can be cut to exact size later.