How to install deck railing

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Old 08-06-14, 03:16 PM
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How to install deck railing

My husband and I have completed the platform of the deck and are now ready to install outside deck railing. We are unsure how to install the railing on an inside 135 degree corner. The railing will be cut out and notched, but do you use two posts on the corners? We have an inside 135 degree corner and an outside 135 degree corner.
 
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Old 08-06-14, 07:34 PM
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You could use 2 square posts at each angle-point, or one large one, symmetrically placed, with beveled faces. Assuming you're using pressure-treated material, a disadvantage of the latter option is that the exposed, ripped bevels won't have any preservative on them. You could add some preservative, but it's not likely to be as effective as the pressure-treated stock. The most important thing is to adequately anchor whichever post configuration you use--DCA 6 has some good anchorage details.
 
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Old 08-07-14, 03:38 AM
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I like the two angle points mentioned by Bridgeman. Seems to look better after it is all over. Reference: http://www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf
 
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Chandler - do you mean the two posts at the corner, or cutting the angles out of one post? We would prefer one post as we want to put solar light caps all around the deck raill.
 
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Old 08-07-14, 12:31 PM
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You will have to mount the post on a flat surface, so you will need to decide which side you want it on, then the railings and balustrade will have to be angled to meet the obtuse angle . Not earth shattering, but it looks a little funky. You have a deep angle. We had a request from the college where we installed this deck that we not break the posts on the corner, but add another one adjacent to it. Picture is a little misleading, but the angle is square. You get the drift, anyway.

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