the 2×2 pickets also called balusters are cut and installed to complete the new deck rail. this project is continued from how to build code compliant deck railing part 1. also see how to repair a sagging wood deck for the project series introduction. how to build code compliant deck railing part 2
how to build a deck railing - assembling the balusters attach balusters near the ends of a thin strip of wood. position the other balusters and attach them to the strip. screw another thin strip to the bottom of the balusters.
step 1 - design your balcony. make sure your design plans incorporate any local building codes regarding balcony construction. at the very least, these codes give you guidelines for floor joist spacing, hand rail height, and baluster spacing.
next, in order to finish installing the bottom rail, we have to fasten it to the deck posts with two wood screws. the screws have to be at least 6-8, as to be able to fix the bottom rail firmly. in order to get the job done in a professional manner, you have to use two wood screws and an electric screwdriver with torque control.
attach the bottom rail between the posts. miter the rail caps where they meet at corners and join together. attach the rail caps to the top of the posts and top rails. attach a block between the deck and bottom rail in the center of the span to provide added support.
start by removing the wood deck spindles. if theyre nailed, just hitting each near the deck and the top rail with a light swing of the sledgehammer will knock them free. if theyre screwed on, back out as many as you can and then go back with the sledgehammer to knock off pickets with stripped screwheads.
learning how to build a balcony for your home is a great way to add both style and class to your exterior. balconies can give you a completely different perspective on the area you live in and provide great outdoor views for visitors as well. there are numerous considerations to keep in mind when building a balcony.
note how the railing is resting on blocks of wood with a shim to help make the section level . note that the face of the horizontal 2x4 is set back about 5/16' from the face of the post. this setback makes the railing assembly centered relative to the post.