Make Sturdy Post Connections
Use galvanized threaded rods to stabilize the rail posts at the bottom of dec stairs.
I recently built a deck and used a pair of 1⁄2-in. galvanized threaded rods to stabilize the rail posts at the bottom of the stairs. This method with nuts and washers on both sides of the stringers creates a rock-solid post connection and uses easy-to-find, inexpensive hardware.
—Steve Beese, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
Published in Fine Homebuilding #305