How to Build an Iron Deck Railing How to Build an Iron Deck Railing

What You'll Need
Deck
Drill
Iron railing
Balusters
Level
Goggles
Caulking gun
Measuring stick
Adhesive
Weather finish or treatment
Paint brush

Building an iron deck railing sounds tricky, but with a step by step guide you can do it with ease. Here are a few materials and steps that can help you through the process.

Step 1 - Choose Your Railing

The first thing that you will want to do is find the best railing. There are many different designs of iron railing that you can choose from to match to your deck. When you pick the railing that you like, you will want to find out if it has already been treated for outdoor weather to protect it from rain and snow. If the railing that you choose do not come treated, you can either ask if they can do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you choose to treat it yourself then you can lay everything out, use a paint brush to treat one side and then allow it to dry completely. Then, turn the railing over and do the same for the other side. You do want to make sure that you allow everything to completely dry before you begin with the installation. This will ensure that your railing is protected against rust and will last.

Step 2 - Set up the Area

The next thing that you want to do is lay everything out to get a visual for yourself. You will want to make sure that you are measuring the distance that you want between each of the balusters and lay them out as well so you get the look that you are going for. Try to have one every 8 to 12 inches for the best support, though you can have them further apart. Once you have measured, mark with a pencil on the deck where you want to balusters to go so you can easily install them

Step 3 - Install the Balusters

You will need to drill holes where you marked off for the balusters. Take this step slowly as you do not want to have to fix and repeat it later on. Once you have drilled out the holes you can insert each of the balusters, one at a time, into the hole. Be careful to make sure that they are even and the correct height while you are inserting them.

Step 4 - Secure Balusters

Once you have them in place you are going to want to secure them with an adhesive. Mix the adhesive according to the instructions and then load it into the caulk gun carefully. you will want to do this step as quickly and carefully as possible. Then use the caulking gun to put the adhesive around the bottom of the balusters into the hole to secure them in. Then you can use the adhesive to attach the railing part to the top. make sure that you are doing this level and that everything is secured.

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