mounting post to support roof


Old 07-25-03, 09:39 AM
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mounting post to support roof

I just finished putting a small porch on the back of my house.I have a roof about the some dimensions to support.Am i better off nailing or securing the post to beams on both ends or can i get away with using these mounting devices i seen at lowes.they were 4"x4" metal pieces that screwed into your surface and the post set inside a small lip.Is that enough to hold a 4x4 post?I am going to attach a railing to the post. Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-26-03, 08:07 AM
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I think the "4X4 metal pieces" you are referring to are either post bases or caps. Can you give us their number and who the mfgr. is? Should be either Simpson or USP, and either make a WIDE variety of attachment hardware. Using a post cap like a Simpson BC4 would be the preferred way to attach your post to the beam (rather than just nailing the joint together). And a post base, like an ABA44 or ABU44 would be the best way to attach the post at the bottom.

Either of the mfgrs. I mentioned have a catalog that is about 150 to 160 pages. There should be a copy of it at Lowes. (If not, go to a lumberyard and they will give you one!) And either mfgr. has several pieces available that will do exactly what you need to do.
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