New posts, a cable-rail system, and an applied rim board breathe new life into a weathered deck.
Synopsis: When veteran builder Mike Guertin was hired to rehab this deck, he discovered sound framing but a rim and railing in need of replacement. Instead of replacing all wood with more wood, Guertin used a cable-rail system. Cable rails have slightly different code requirements because they can flex under force, but they are ideal systems for retrofits. The system basics usually involve 1×19 type cable and fittings, either surface-mount, lag-mount, or through-post. The first step in renovating this deck was replacing the posts and top rails; the posts were drilled with holes to accommodate the cable-rail hardware and the cable rail. After they were securely attached, the cable rail installation went quickly. First, the cable sleeves went in the posts, followed by the hardware. Then the cable was installed and anchored. As a finishing touch, ipé trim dressed up the deck railing.
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