securing porch posts

Old 06-13-02, 02:16 PM
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Question securing porch posts

Okay, so I bought these two 4-inch turned posts (with square tops & bottoms) to spruce up the front porch. I may add a railing between them later. How do I mount them? I've seen those square aluminum mounting brackets that raise the post off the concrete porch a bit to prevent water damage, and they seem like a good idea. My question is, if I mount these brackets to the post bottoms, how do I secure them to the concrete porch? Also, should I just toe-nail the tops of the posts in place, or use screws, or is there another "standard, accepted way" to mount these posts? Thanks!
Old 06-20-02, 10:12 AM
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There are many products to attach the brackets to concrete. I've had luck using an expandable anchor made specifically for concrete. It works similiar to plastic anchors for walls. Check at Lowes or Home Depot.

Use galvanized deckscrews to attach the posts to the anchors. There should be holes in the anchors. 2" should be ok.
Old 06-20-02, 11:53 AM
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Expanable anchors work well - you also can use Tapcon brand concrete anchors.These are a high strength concrete screw that come with the appropriate size masonry drill bit for pre-drilling a pilot hole.I've used these many times and they work great.

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