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Old 10-20-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Thought I'd throw a quick question out to you full-time deck guys:

I have a customer who has asked me to re-attach some composite deck railing to a newly remodeled deck. It's only a couple of eight-foot sections and the deck is 2 feet off the ground (already pre-built railings, they were sections from the previous deck configuration).

If this were wood, I'd be using some counter-sunk heavy-duty lag bolts and washers.....but I'm wondering if there's anything different about re-securing composite? Or can I treat it just like wood in this case?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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Re: Fasteners For Composite Decking


most composite railing out there is sleeves that go over wood posts, so what is different?

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Composite railing is only a pt 4x4 with a composite sleeve that is slid over it.

Theres a few ways to do this

One way to do it is mount it on the outside or inside of the rim. through bolt the post through the rim with 1/2 bolts and the use of hold downs to a joist .

If attaching post to end joist you need to use blocking with a hold down, you must add another hold down to attach blocking to joist. If attaching posts to outside you can add an additonal rim board to hide the exposed posts.

Do not notch posts it makes them weak.

If i confused you heres an excellent article on the issue.

http://www.deckmagazine.com/anchors/...ail-posts.aspx
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Composite railing is only a pt 4x4 with a composite sleeve that is slid over it.

Theres a few ways to do this

One way to do it is mount it on the outside or inside of the rim. through bolt the post through the rim with 1/2 bolts and the use of hold downs to a joist .

If attaching post to end joist you need to use blocking with a hold down, you must add another hold down to attach blocking to joist. If attaching posts to outside you can add an additonal rim board to hide the exposed posts.

Do not notch posts it makes them weak.

If i confused you heres an excellent article on the issue.

http://www.deckmagazine.com/anchors/...ail-posts.aspx
You partially lost me there, but the article was very helpful. Thanks.
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You partially lost me there, but the article was very helpful. Thanks.
I figured i would confuse you. Without visuals its hard.

That article is awesome, deffinitly add it to your favorites.
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