Before the floor boards are screwed down, I need to get the railing support posts installed. Yesterday I tried to put in the posts. The learning curve for some of these things is so steep! There seem to be many different methods to putting railing posts on a porch. I decided to go with some metal brackets that are specifically designed for the job. The company even had detailed instructions with diagrams.
Because of all the research I was doing, and because I had to make a second trip to Home Depot to switch my zinc nuts and washers for stainless steel, I didn’t actually get a lot done. Only one post. But I am proud of it. It is level in all directions, it is installed according to the directions from the metal bracket company, and I even added an extra block of wood to the side of the post to give it extra stability.
Today I hope to get four more posts done. There is a fifth post, but it’s by the stairs, and the framing in that area needs some work before I can do the post. There are also some posts at the bottom of the stairs. They’ll have to be cemented into the ground. I’m going to take care of the horizontal railing before I tackle the stair rails. There is some angle cutting involved in the stair rails, and I’m a little nervous about it, so I’m deciding to not think about it for now.