We're having some landscaping done and as part of that project, I'm going to replace the deck railing we have now. We've never liked the railing and have finally decided on the style that we want to replace it with. I'm hiring the landscaping done, but I'll want to do the railing myself.
Here's the current railing....
You can see that it's pretty much off the shelf, lumber yard generic styling. (Yeah, I know - I need to fire up the weedeater! )
The new railing will have posts with railing sections between the posts. My big dilemma concerns attaching the posts. I want the railing to be somewhat over the deck, not totally hanging off the edge. The easiest thing would be to notch 4x4's, 4x6's or 6x6's and attach them to the outside board. BUT, I know that a notched post is inherently weaker than a non-notched post, especially attaching it to where you'd be pushing against the weaker attachment point if you were leaning on the rail.
The other option would be to pull up the outside couple of deck boards and install notched posts inside the structure and then cut the deck boards to fit around the posts. In this case, I'd want to notch the posts to push the overall structure towards the outside edge of the deck. In spite of the increased amount of time and labor this would take, I'd do it if this were the preferred method.
If I go with the second method, how would I go about attaching railing posts around the deck supports at the corners and the angled joints as shown in the pic above?
Any advice on the best way to build the supports would be appreciated!