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I just looked at a job to repair a loose railing for a condo. It turned out to be a basic 42" high, pressure-treated railing (2x4 top rail) on the perimeter of the building....40 feet up and right on the edge! Heck of a view, but yikes. Look down and you get sick.

Every OTHER 4x4 post (spaced every 4' feet) was carriage-bolted into the rim joist (not every one). Anyway, this job was way out of my scope and comfort zone and I passed. But I wonder about a couple things: 1) How did they bolt those posts to the outside of the rim in the first place, given the tight quarters of the other buildings, etc. (Edit: I guess this is not so hard after all...do it before the deck goes down)? 2) How anyone can ever check and retighten the post nuts underneath? 3.) How to make that rail safe for the tenant that is leaning on it. It's a great deck to party with a view, which makes it all the more nuts. (Sorry I didn't take pics.)
 
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