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Old 05-21-2009, 06:28 AM   #16
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You both mention toe screwing, but I have no clue how to do that or what it will accomplish. Can someone please explain that in a little more detail assuming I would toe screw the 2x4 from behind the existing support posts? The only reason I hatched the 4x4 plan was because I was worried about splitting the wood from screwing in all of the new panels...
Do a google on toenailing. You should get some pictures.
If you're concerned about splitting the wood, you drill pilot holes to put the screws or nails into. If you're unsure what a pilot hole is, google it.
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Thanks Ron. I did Google it earlier, but I am not sure I will be able to execute that. From what I saw and from what I know of Pilot holes...this is what I get from it. I would be drilling a pilot hole through the 2x4 and the support post. Then, I would use a screw to attach the 2x4 to the support post by drilling it through the pilot hole?

I was at HD at 6am this morning and they did not have hot dipped galvanized screws...or even a bulk quantity of stainless steel.

So, I picked up Deck Mate w/ Evercote? 9x3.5" in size...It has all kinds of lifetime guarantees on the box against rust, etc. Have you ever heard of these?
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Sure, they're another alternative to stainless or galvanized.
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I think I have a good idea of what to do. Now for the new lumber...couple of questions. Pressure treated was mentioned...does it matter what type...Pine, etc.? Also, I have decided to replace almost all of the spindles/balusters and cut new ones...can someone recommend a miter saw that will allow me to make the miter cuts and also just cut regular pieces of lumber?
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I think I have a good idea of what to do. Now for the new lumber...couple of questions. Pressure treated was mentioned...does it matter what type...Pine, etc.? Also, I have decided to replace almost all of the spindles/balusters and cut new ones...can someone recommend a miter saw that will allow me to make the miter cuts and also just cut regular pieces of lumber?
Pressure treated wood in Southern Yellow Pine.
If you're going to buy a miter saw, don't just buy on for the project you're working on now. Try to think ahead to things you might use it for in the future.
A simple 10" saw might be all you need, but if you plan to cut molding or cross cutting wood 6" or wider, you might want a bevel, sliding saw.
These saws come with either 8", 10" or 12" blades. Prices range from under $100. to $700.
It's doubtful you would need anything over 10" Maybe a simple 8" saw is all you need. For occassional use you could probably go with a Black and Decker or Ryobi saw.
Try looking on Toolseeker.com They have many options where you can pick out quite a few saws to see how they compare in both features and price.
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Thanks again for the info Ron. This is the one I was planning on picking up:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100634340

This will allow me to make straight cuts as well as miter, right?
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Just want to say thank you to everyone who participated in this thread and gave me suggestions and ideas. This was a pretty big project I undertook and was really a first for me in many aspects. Anyway, here is a picture of it finished...I still need to put another coat of paint on the panels, feather in a couple of panel pieces, and some other minor touch-ups, but have to wait for spring. Thanks again!!!
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