The rails we’re building include three components: two-by-fours for the top and bottom rails, two-by-twos for the balusters, and five-quarter-by-six deck boards for the rail caps. The bottom rail is positioned vertically to prevent sagging, and the top rail horizontally to provide lateral strength.
Topics include inside vs. outside mounted rails, rail post attachment, baluster spacing, top cap, and stair rails. Use the Decks.com railing calculator to de...
Sturdy cable deck railing on solid wood posts lends a rugged look to your deck and helps maintain a clear view of the surrounding landscape.
Attach the railings to the posts with 3” deck screws, making sure the slope matches that of the stairs. Cut similar pieces that will serve as the lower railings and baluster supports. Install these railings between the posts, making sure they are parallel to the upper railings.
Deck railings add an aesthetic beauty to the decks while providing safety. With the right equipment and the knowledge of carpentry, building deck railings on your own is actually quite easy.
Here Danny shows how to construct the railings and spindles from pressure treated wood.