Composite Decking Railing
Since you have made safety a priority in your home, you need to know how to install the composite decking railing. This will make your deck after and you do not have to worry every time your toddler walks out of the house to listen to the birds chipping outside or the hooting car. It is important to inquire about the standards for deck rails in your area. Ask a building contractor or check on the website of the building regulations authority in your region. In most cases, it should have a 36-inch height and a spacing of at least four inches from one baluster to the next. Remember to take safety precautions when undertaking this process. Children or pets should not be around and you need your gloves.
Procedures for setting up composite decking railing
Since you want a firm composite decking railing, you have to take the measurements of your deck and make pencil markings on the joist all around the area you will cover. Leave at least 60 inches from one post to the next. When you complete that stage, use the handsaw to make the space to fit the post. The square you cut out of the deck board should be equal to the size of the post available. It is advisable to make the posts custom made for you so that you can avoid wasting time trying to make the posts fit the square you have cut out. In most cases, the post will be four by four inches.
Fix the posts and fasten then with the screws along the deck board. Use 2 screws one on the bottom and the other higher than that. If you want the balusters to leave a space at the bottom, you need to place a horizontal piece of wood that will run from one end of the deck to the other attached to all the posts. To do this, you have to cut the wood into pieces that can fit from one post to the other. Do this to all the spaces between posts. Fix other pieces on the upper part of the posts but a few inches from the end. The distance between the horizontal piece at the top and the bottom depends with the height of the balusters.
Next, fix the balusters while maintaining four inches between one and the next. To save time, measure the space from one post to the next and then mark after every four inches. Make sure that all the spaces are even. Fix them around the area you want to install the composite decking railing. Finally, screw the rail cap on the upper end of the posts. This will give them support in line with the support from the beck board. Place it on top of the rails to check whether you need to cut its ends.
Final touches on composite decking railing
You can shake the deck rail to check its firmness and to offer assurance that it is a job well done. Finally, you may choose to finish the composite decking railing by painting it with an appropriate color.