Installing Deck Railing Easily
Installing your deck may sound like a complicated affair, but it's easier than you think with easy to follow directions. Sometimes, the most difficult parts of making a deck are choosing from the different deck railing styles available today. If you're not the DIY type of person or do not have the correct tools and equipment, you may want to hire a deck contractor or get help from a friend experienced in installing a deck. However, with good directions, installing a deck is not that complicated.
Installing Deck Railings
Deck trains serve two purposes: to provide safety for your family and friends and to bring beauty to your deck and home. They are the most visible part of your deck so you want them to be attractive. They also need to meet the requirements set by the law involving the distance (maximum 4 inches) as well as height requirements (between 36 and 42 inches). When installing your deck railings, you'll find many different styles and designs available. If you have the correct tools and skills, you can have your deck railing installed in a couple of days.
Baluster Spacing and Installation
When installing your balusters, it's important that you space them even on your deck. Assuming the distance between two posts is 60 inches, your baluster width is 2 "and the required spacing between the two balusters is 4", you add 4 "to the 2" to get a total of 6 "Divide 60" by 6 " and you get 10. This is the total number of balusters that you'll need for your deck railing. To figure out the exact spacing, multiply 10 (number of balusters needed) by the width of each baluster (10×2 = 20). This figure from the distance between posts (60-20 = 40) Divide this number by the number of spacing plus one (10 + 1 = 11 then 40/11 = 3.64 inches). have basic math skills and a tape measure.
Working with Railing Posts
Installing the rail posts includes measuring the distance required for the posts and cutting them with a circular saw or table saw the required length, making sure to cut a 45-degree bevel on the outside bottom of the post. Be sure the post is flush against the joist and drill two holes through the post and the joist then secure them together with a 5-inch long carriage bolt. The balusters need to be cut from 2X2 stock. Clamp together 6 pieces and cut them all at the same time. Install the top and bottom rails 2 "thick and 4 inches wide spaced the correct distance apart. back and admire your work.