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Old 03-23-2013, 05:03 PM   #271
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Lazy inspector might let it go but wouldn't fly here.
New code specifically says no notch on railing posts.
I guess we'll see.

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:14 PM   #272
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Lazy inspector might let it go but wouldn't fly here.
New code specifically says no notch on railing posts.
I guess we'll see.
Yep. If they have to be redone don't you think he could use an oscillating tool to notch out the decking boards a little farther to fit a full 4x4? Or maybe there's a way to make it stronger as is? Not sure why he did them like that. It looks good but seems weak. It'd probably be easier just to mount new posts outside the rim joist and replace the decking.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #273
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I mount mine inside the rim and notch
deck boards accordingly.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #274
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I mount mine inside the rim and notch
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How do you cover the top of the rim joist behind the post?
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:26 PM   #275
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With a deck board notched to go around the post.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #276
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With a deck board notched to go around the post.
So you cut a square hole in the decking board? I have access to a jigsaw also.

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Exactly. But because the post is inboard,
deck boards go all around it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:40 PM   #278
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Exactly. But because the post is inboard,
deck boards go all around it.
If this guy ends of quitting and I have to fix this myself or something it would prob be easier just to take the notched boards out, mount the posts outside the rim boards and just do a straight cut on the deck boards to the post. I'd like to do it inside so I can use the vinyl post bottom trim pieces I bought though. I just don't have experience with saws like that.
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Lets wait and see what the inspector says.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:48 PM   #280
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Lets wait and see what the inspector says.
If inspector lets it go can I make it stronger? The more I look at it the more I feel like it will break off if someone leans on it.
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Is there some sort of metal bracket I can attach to the notched bottom and to the rim joist?


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Old 03-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #282
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On second thought, the 4xs are notched flush to the 2 2x12 rim boards so there's no access to the bottoms of them. They are also between 34 and 35" high and min is 36" according to code. Not sure that will matter much with the vinyl installed though.

Would it look okay if I cut end pieces off to cover behind the 4x? I'm not sure i have the skill to cut a square hole. Lol.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:22 PM   #283
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if you need to cut a square hole purchase a multi tasker tool and a wood blade for it or drill corner holes big enough for a saw blade to fit through and sawz all or jig saw the rest of the hole out. for years a lot of the decks we built had notched posts ( 1 1/2" notch) and they were bolted to the rim band and the railings worked out to/with the 1 1/2" notch. never had any problems with railings not being strong enough.
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I read over the codes again and found this. Now I know it won't pass final inspection. I read this thing 100 times and never really noticed that part.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #285
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It shouldn't be to difficult to fix this right? I'm thinking just unscrew affected decking boards, remove posts, cut new posts and mount to rim joist, put new pieces of decking down notched around new posts. Call it a day. There are 14 posts around the deck, 4 on platform, 4 more on bottom of stair cases. So I just need 11 8' 4x4s cut in half.

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