My 6 y.o. deck is attached to the house via ledger, as is commonly the
case. But my contractor, who is repairing an enormous amount of rot
around the house (another story...it's less than 14 years old) had to
pull the cedar 2x4 that was vertically attached to the corner board
that the railing connected to.
He wants to put a post there and keep it and the railing from touching
the house at all. He says that he never allows that when he builds a
Is this normally needed? The corner boards are being replaced (as
needed) with Azek, and figured that some combination of that and some
other similar heavy piece of composite or PVC or vinyl on the house
would allow the railing to remain attached.
I'm not happy with the rigidity of the railing and am afraid it won't
"feel" strong enough.
It's not required by code or anything. The rail just has to be able
to take an impact. If the post is securely bolted to the deck joist/
ledger, then there's no problem doing it that way.
On Tue, 26 Oct 2010 07:32:49 -0700 (PDT), "Thomas G. Marshall"
After the ledger for my deck rotted out (in a lot less than 14 years), taking
the rim joist and sill plate with it, I decided to free-stand the entire
thing. There is nothing at all touching the house. There should be no
problems free-standing the railing, assuming he knows what he's doing.
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