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Old 08-28-2019, 08:57 PM   #1
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How are corners and joined of the flat top (no post cap) style deck railing?

IM-1 https://www.trex.com/products/decking-and-railing-duos/

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Are you talking about a cocktail rail?


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Yes not a lot of info
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I have no choice but miter them unless you install two corner posts.


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I was tempted to use my slot cutter and insert a spline but not real confident in that connection either or dowel.

It's unbelievable how much product there is on the market. Trex alone has how many different boards, sizes, thicknesses, railing designs, colors and accessories.

I called up to get information about the cocktail rail brackets and nobody knows what you're talkin about. they look at you like you have three heads at The LumberYard then you call up and get some girl we'll probably works from her couch reading you back the information you're looking at in the brochure...... It's exhausting plus I'm told nobody has these 20 foot boards that I want to have to wait till October.
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And don't get me started on fastenmaster.
Different quantities of clips and packages are offered from hideaway versus a clip and tigerclaw. All of which is virtually the same but corners a market. I end up going to different yards and suppliers because I don't want to buy a bucket of 400 square foot for a 200-foot square foot deck etc....
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Depending on the ambient temperature, you can miter them then run a saw kerf up the miter while they are in place. Gives it a beautiful even spacing that looks appropriate. Imo.

Don't forget to set the blade! Lol


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That's how I would do it.

Do you inject any kind of sealant underneath or after the cut?
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That's how I would do it.

Do you inject any kind of sealant underneath or after the cut?


Nope. Needs the ability to move freely.


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IMO there are way too many options in deck products today. It's become a real pita...

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https://www.diyhomecenter.com/trex-s...ackets-pack-10
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Ha, I didn't look at the price. Must be nice brackets, though.
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Forget a few boxes of these on your next quote https://www.diyhomecenter.com/fasten...yABEgIKUvD_BwE
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Trex signature sucks. I don't even offer it.


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so you do not need those brackets if you use the universal rail however they do not supply screws and you have to buy your own pan head screws and screw from underneath prior to snapping all the pieces together.

Nobody stocks all the options like rail infill or even extra brackets if you split up a rail.
Everything has to be brought in from a relay yard and since they shorted me a few things because nobody gets anything straight and I'll be dealing with this sometime in the next week or so when really it should be in my rear-view mirror.

There are way too many products on the market.
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Do enough trex railing and you'll have 100's of left over parts and brackets.


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Do enough trex railing and you'll have 100's of left over parts and brackets.


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be in this business long enough and you will have hundreds of parts, pieces, brackets etc, most of which you will have no idea where they came form or what they are for....
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be in this business long enough and you will have hundreds of parts, pieces, brackets etc, most of which you will have no idea where they came form or what they are for....
Yeah I have a lot of that going on.

I have a box of extra Timbertech stuff, Fiberon and Rdi railing stuff. Often company change their stuff as time goes by.
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I still have collated colored trapezee screws from some of my early decks. I think it call Epoch

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