Replacing a Deck Railing

If your deck railing, or any part of it, is wobbly or damaged, replace it at once. If you suspect that your deck railings might not meet minimum standards established by your building codes, find out what those standards are and plan to bring your deck up to code. As with any deck repair project, thoroughly coat replacement parts with sealer-preservative, paying special attention to cut ends.

 

 

1. Remove the damaged railing. Measure and cut replacement side rails. Position the rails with edges flush to the tops of the posts, and attach to the posts using 2 1/2-inch deck screws.

 
 

2. Join lumber for long rails by cutting the ends at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes to prevent the nails from splitting the end grain and attach the rails with 16d(3.5") galvanized nails (screws may split the mitered ends).

 
 

3. Attach the ends of the rails to stairway posts, flush with the edges of the posts. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the rails with 2 ½-inch deck screws. Decorative post caps are readily available.

 
 

4. Position the cap so the edge is flush with the inside edge of the rail. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the cap to the rail with 2 1/2-inch deck screws driven every 12 inches. Also drive the screws into each post. Bevel the ends at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach to the post using 16d(3.5") galvanized nails.

 
 

5. At corners, miter the ends of the railing cap at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes, and attach the cap to the post with 2 1/2-inch deck screws.

 
 

6. At the top of stairs, cut the cap so that it is flush with the stairway rail. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the cap with 2 ½-inch deck screws.

 

DIY Projects


Aligning the Bolt and Strike Plate

When a door fails to latch properly, it usually means the door is out of alignment. Often, the latch bolt is not dropping smoothly into the center of the strike plate.

 

Adjusting an Out-of-Balance Door

This maintenance project is really a good one. If you keep your garage door balanced, it will put a lot less strain on all its parts and should keep working trouble-free for years. An out-of-balance garage door can close too quickly and might be a hazard for kids and pets.

 

Adding a Telephone Extension

Pity the poor phone line. Few things have had to pick up the slack to take us into the information age like telecommunications. So it's not unusual to find answering machines, fax machines, and computer modems sharing space with telephones on our ever-stretched phone lines. No wonder we need new extensions just about everywhere. Fortunately, the four- or eight-conductor bell wire you'll run to get them is a breeze to work with.

 

Building a Multilevel Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Ground-Level Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Single-Level Raised Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Low-Level Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Closet Organizer

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. OK, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's worth can end up costing hundreds of dollars. Our easy-to-build organizer will set you back just the cost of a single sheet of plywood (plus a couple of clothes poles and some 1x3 lumber). And guess what – it will function just the same as the high-priced spread.

 

Building Utility Shelves

Why take the time to build your own utility shelves when there are so many good off-the-shelf solutions to choose from? Well, for one thing, you can build this custom unit to fit the exact space you have available. And because you'll anchor it to the ceiling joists and the floor, it'll probably be a lot sturdier under a heavy load than most freestanding shelves.

 

Constructing a Built-In Shelving Unit

Want a more finished look for your new shelves? Then consider taking the time to plan and construct a built-in shelf system. Tucked between two windows or between a wall and a window or door, it will take on the look of custom furniture, because you can plan it to fit exactly into your available space.

 

 

 

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