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Old 03-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #16
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Wood wouldn't look right, anyway. It's just not that kind of house. These decks are two story, the lower story is 5' above ground and rests on wood wall which will be stuccoed. The upper deck rests on a series of arches. All will be stuccoed over and decks will be tiled. I'd put welded railings made of hammered iron with stylish top caps, maybe even those pickets that bulge out at the bottom like we have on our "Juliet balcony" in the house, but they would block the view. Steel posts can be 2" tubing, not 3.5" posts and the cable or grid railing will be almost transparent. I've thought all of this through already and everything is decided except for the fill-in material of the railings.

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I have to say as a deck manufacturer that pictures you posted of your deck is very impressive. Very nice job!
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That was someone else's deck. Nice wood with copper grid. I will try to remember to post photos of mine when it is done. Unless something goes horribly wrong it will look very different, but also very nice.
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That was someone else's deck. Nice wood with copper grid. I will try to remember to post photos of mine when it is done. Unless something goes horribly wrong it will look very different, but also very nice.
okay, anyway very nice and especially bright.
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That's a good looking picture you posted FatBear (I will remember it).

You really should take a look at hardwood (if not just for the railings).

I've done a lot of Ipe decks and cable rail. 2x post and with a 1x6 cap is a very lean look.

You could easily do the same with the grid stock.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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Hmmm. A wooden cap rail might be nice and might also be easier to install than a welded steel cap. I like my welded caps to be one piece and don't know how to join them so they look like one piece. I know wood better and I'm sure I could join it into a one-piece continuous cap that would look good.

I think a 1x3 cap with a profile routed into it would look great. 1x6 seems very wide, but I suppose it would do a better job of spreading that 200# lateral force to more of the posts.

What is IPE? Is it light or dark colored? How difficult is it to machine? How must it be finished to survive rain and sun and intense heat? It frequently gets over 100 degrees in the summer, here.

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