Deck Guard Posts: Aligning Holes for Tension Tie Method
I’m using the Mike Guertin / Simpson method of securing guard posts using tension ties.
For the side and corner posts, I need to run a piece of threaded rod through the end joist, post, across the first joist cavity and finally through the next joist over.
I have a really long drill bit that will stretch across the joist bay, but if I don’t align the drill properly, the hole could end up in the wrong place (e.g., too close to the rim board, to close to the top of the joist, etc.).
The task is complicated by the fact that we doing a double picture frame so the first joist cavity is quite small.
Below is a screen shot from my sketchup model to show what we’re dealing with.
Wondering if anyone has any tips for getting the holes properly aligned.
Mike Guertin, if you’re out there, would love to know how you did this in your various articles, videos, etc.
Thanks in advance!