attaching deck posts
i am trying to bid out a deck renovation. the clients have an existing deck covered with 5/4 x 6 mahogany on 2×10 joists 24″ o.c. they want us to put up a mahogany railing system with two gates at the stairs. we are going to use 4×4 mahogany posts and are looking for a good method to attach the posts to the rim joists. there is also 5/4 x 6 mahogany trim bands attached directly to the rim joists around the perimeter. we are trying to avoid removing too much of the existing decking and trim bands. any suggestions for attaching the deck posts.
Notch the posts with the top of the notch resting on the decking. Resting on the decking means just notching the overhanging decking flush with your mahogany skirting, so no removal is necessary. Treat the underside of the cut notch prior to installation, as moisture will tend to collect there. Counterbore the holes for the bolts and plug with mahogany when finished. I'd use stainless for all hardware. A deck like that deserves it.
That's the quick and easy solution without disturbing the existing materials, too much. I would usually notch and mount on the inside of the rim, block it, and counterbore the rim so the skirt sits flush, hiding all hardware. But you might not have that option.
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Just did this for my man Piffen, and all those out there tonight listening on crystal sets.
Edited 4/2/2007 8:30 pm by McDesign
what did you do, i was hoping for some funny photoshoping of the pic.
Just made it smaller with Picasa - down from 2Mb to 58K, I think
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Edited 4/2/2007 9:22 pm ET by woodguy99
"what did you do, i was hoping for some funny photoshoping of the pic."
You mean like this?
Are you gonna charge extra for all the lost productivity from all the face licking you're gonna get while down there on your knees trying to attach those posts?
you know that is something i never figure on factoring into our bidding strategy...
we have a clause about owner interference but nothing about the owners pets