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Replacing Structural Deck Fasteners - Fine HomebuildingQ: Recently, I had to remove a deck post on a 15-year-old house. It looked like the post had been attached with zinc fasteners instead of hot-dipped galvanized fasteners, so I removed one of the lag screws holding the beam to the post. Sure enough, it was zinc. I am going to replace the lag screws and may use FastenMaster Ledger Loks or the like. Can I use the same holes, or should I make new ones? John Heneghan, via email, None ...

Setting Railings - Fine Homebuilding7 Jul 2017 ... Editing a magazine article always involves a competition between information and space. James Shull's article in FHB #269, Mastering Balusters, is a great case in point. Before you can install a single baluster on a stair, you need to have installed the newels and cut the railings to length. There was no way we could do justice to each part of that process in a six-page magazine article. But what to leave in and what to leave out? Sign up for eletters today and get the ...

Top 10 Deck-Building Mistakes - Fine Homebuilding19 Mar 2012 ... The post in the middle of this flight of stairs interrupts the top of the railing, which was designed to serve as the handrail. A new continuous handrail, albeit an unsightly one, had to be added.Woody Roberts. The error: For construction or aesthetic purposes, builders regularly install handrails interrupted with newel posts. It's also common to see a guardrail used as a handrail. The solution: Code provision R311.7.8.2 requires that a continuous handrail be installed on ...

Video Series: Install a Stair Rail - Fine Homebuilding23 Oct 2013 ... Constructing attractive, safe, and code-compliant staircase handrails takes careful planning, but is a task that anyone with basic carpentry skills and a well thought-out plan can tackle.

Better-Built Wood Railings - Fine Homebuilding9 Mar 2017 ... When I started out on my own about 15 years ago, I was doing mostly repair work, and many of those repairs were focused on rot. Fixing wooden deck and porch railings always seems to be on the to-do list, particularly the traditional-style railings in which the balusters land on a flat bottom rail or subrail. Water pools near this susceptible joint and then is dn into the thirsty end grain of the balusters where it rots the wood and corrodes the fasteners, and eventually ...

Install a Mid-Span Rail Post - Fine Homebuilding9 Apr 2017 ... When using structural screws to install a mid-span rail post, be sure to follow the screw manufacturer instructions to meet code. First, reinforce the rim's connection to the joist by driving a pair of 8-in. screws 1.5-in. from the top and bottom of the rim on either side of where the post will be installed. Second, tack the post into position. Third, cut two pieces of joist stock to serve as blocking and install behind the post. Fourth, secure each piece with a pair of 5-in. screws, ...

Rehabbing a Deck - Fine Homebuilding12 Nov 2015 ... While it's easy enough to add more bolts to the deck ledger, it's nearly impossible to be sure that the original flashing was done correctly, and that there's no rot at the house due to bad flashing, without tearing off the ledger. To tear off the ledger, you need to remove the old frame. And at that point, you might just as well replace the framing because even treated lumber has a finite lifespan. Why would you install new decking and railing on an old frame that might not ...

How to Make Rot-Resistant Deck Railings - Fine Homebuilding29 Sep 2016 ... Use bevels, drip kerfs, and good planning to keep water from pooling on deck rails.

Ultimate Deck Build 2015: Cable Railings - Fine Homebuilding25 Mar 2015 ... Cable railings: Often chosen for their combination of openness and security, cable railings were the perfect complement to the clean lines of our hardwood deck. In this episode, we show you how to bore the holes in each post to accommodate the cable railings, how to detail and install the cap railing with tight miters and hidden joinery, and finally how to thread the cable and pull everything tight. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest how-to from fine ...

Make an Old Deck Safe - Fine Homebuilding12 Sep 2013 ... I was at a client's house only to estimate a front-door replacement, but my eyes were dn to the second-story deck. From a distance, I could see that the joists ... from the frame; and loose, warped guard balusters. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest how-to from fine homebuilding, plus special offers. ... According to the North American deck and railing Association, more than 40 million decks are over 20 years old. You have to wonder how well those decks ...

Durable Deck Railing - Fine Homebuilding19 Mar 2012 ... Wood still accounts for most residential deck railings, and market research shows it is holding onto market share against plastic-based and wood-composite competitors, which can be more expensive. These nonwood systems, however, offer resistance to insects and decay while requiring relatively little upkeep. Moreover, many of them nowadays are sold in quick-to-install kits, including systems strung with stainless-steel cable and some glass-panel systems that ...

Ultimate Deck Build - Fine Homebuilding6 Jan 2015 ... Introduction: In this episode we get a glimpse at the site for this year's deck project. After taking down the old deck, the site is cleared and prepped for the new deck to be built. This year's project will focus on framing a grade-level deck, including fastening a ledger to concrete, pouring concrete piers and pads, setting a built-up beam, installing deck joists, building a deck landing, framing stairs, installing deck posts, fastening joist hangers and other hardware, installing ...

Do I Need a Handrail? - Fine Homebuilding22 Oct 2015 ... Question: I'm building a set of stairs on a new deck and wondering if the building code requires a handrail? There will be two 11 in. wide treads and three 7 1/2 in. risers. The 2015 IRC requires a handrail on at least one side of stairs with four or more

Easy Baluster Replacement - Fine Homebuilding16 Sep 2015 ... I once had to replace a number of balusters in a cedar railing. The challenge was to do it without having to take apart the entire railing section to insert the tenons on the balusters into the holes in the handrail. After thinking of a variety of schemes, I came up with this simple system. I used a bandsaw to cut a narrow and slightly irregular diagonal kerf in each baluster. I applied waterproof glue to the cut surface of one of the halves and inserted the piece into the hole in ...

Build A Deck - Fine Homebuilding - Fine Homebuilding14 Nov 2015 ... Shiny new deck rails can get scuffed during installation. ... Starborn adapts their SmartBit system and specially designed screws to make PVC and composite deck facia board installation easy and attractive while permitting the boards to expand and contract freely. ... Do I Need a Handrail? October 22, 2015. How many stair risers trigger the handrail requirement? 2, 3, 4 or more? And when might you be required to install a guardrail but not need a handrail?

Handrail Required? - Fine Homebuilding6 Jan 2016 ... You may not need a handrail to comply with code, but you may have to install a guardrail. A handrail is simply the rail you grab onto so that you can steady yourself when climbing or descending stairs. A guardrail is the structural rail, posts, and infill (often balusters) that prevent falling off the side of a deck or stairway. Whenever the distance from grade to the walking surface above is greater than 30 in. above any point within 36 in. horizontally, you need to install a ...

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