Start Your Railing Right
Fasten posts for a deck railing you can lean on for years to come.
Synopsis: Railings are a necessity on nearly every deck, but most methods of attaching posts to deck joists aren’t quite sturdy enough, at least not for veteran builder Mike Guertin. Guertin recommends mounting guardrail posts securely to deck framing with metal hardware. The detailing depends on the location of the post; a series of diagrams illustrates the proper bracket placement in a variety of interior and exterior post locations.
I must be getting old. I’m starting to take safety a lot more seriously than I did years ago, especially when it comes to building. When I’m building a deck, I focus on two points of potential failure: the ledger and the railings. Here, I’ll take up the more troublesome part of the railing system: the posts.
There are a lot of ways to build a deck railing, but most have a common element in the posts,…