Question about building a cedar railing
I’ve searched for the last hour in discussions but haven’t found what I’m looking for. Doing a remodel (lifted my house, put new front porch, garage, back deck, etc . . . . siding crew is finishing siding and will paint soon!) . . . . I still need to build all the railings and due to refinancing I HAVE to have this finished soon (appraiser to come and needs to see finished outside).
I’m using clear cedar, most of which has already been factory stained and the rest I’ll have to stain myself (thank god all 350 pickets are pre-stained!). I plan on using 5/4 x4 material to sandwich the 2×2’s on the bottom and top, with a 2×6 cap rail. Posts will be 4×4 and for most of the areas be attached to the outside of the rim. Few questions . . . . . can I use a brad nailer to attach all the pickets to the 5/4 material (will brad nails hold up in weather or do I have to do the labor and screw each piece together)? Also, I’ve read that if you use 4×4 posts you shouldn’t notch them at all to lap over the top of the deck, just bolt them straight to the outside of the rim? There is alot of railing to be built and the thought of using a brad nailer to attach pickets and not notching the posts will cut down a ton of time for me, but as I’m spending 3K on cedar for this project I also want to build it the “right way”! Any help would be awesome!! Thanks!!