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Old 04-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #16
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Take a look at your 2nd picture. See how the 2x4 is basically resting on those 2x6's with maybe a toe nail holding it in place? They actually make hangers that would slip down over the sides of the 2x6 and then the top hald of the hanger have the brackets facing the other way where the 2x4 would slip into. Youll be surprised how much strength youll get out of just installing those. Along with doing the 3 bolt pattern like I said before and using nice solid L brackets at the base will help out alot. Also those L brackets should be installed on the outside not inside if possible as they 1. wont look as bad and 2. would give alittle more strength.

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I also have found some other flaws. Looking at your 4th picture I see that the one 2x4 cross piece is fastened to the 4x4 support post. The problem with that is 2x4's like 4x4's dont have alot of surface area to put bolts through unlike 2x6 where your bolts can be spaced out futher apart from eachother to lesson the pivoting affect. What I would have done to solve this is (looking at picture 3) I would have stoped the 2x6's flush with the outside of the 4x4 posts. Then ran another 2x6 from left to right at the same height and ran those flush with your outside 2x6. Then used some L brackets on the inside. If you dont want to cut those 2x6 flush with the outside of the4x4 posts, you could instead these those alone and still run a 2x6 left to right but have it so it butts up against the underside of those other 2x6. Not sure what head height you would have then.
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Having talks with wifey. Should have a firm statergy soon.

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