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The plan is to use plain vanilla PT (KDAT) 5/4 deck boards.

My question is about the railing.
I really like the look of them INSET and not bolted to the band board.

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Is it worth the extra work? Thanks.
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You need something around it to support the deck boards. That is not a lot of work. Minutes per post.
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Is it worth the extra work? Thanks.
I thinks so. Nicely done!

Decks railings tend to get "loose" as they age. Anything you can do now to provide extra rigidity / support will pay big dividends in the years to come.

And using bolts for those attachments will allow you to periodically tighten things up, as the years roll by, when the PT boards shrink... which they will.

I like my projects to be "Hell-For-Stout".

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And using bolts for those attachments will allow you to periodically tighten things up, as the years roll by, when the PT boards shrink... which they will.
That's the selling point for bolting to the bandboard...
but that tightening can be done on the hex nut from the inside too.

If I do the inset I won't see any boltheads.
Probably skin the band with some Trex to dress it up.
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I'm with you there.

Thanks for the comments all.
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I would never bolt through the main supports on any construction. When your concrete foundation comes out of the ground all the weight should be put directly down on the 4 x 4s through the concrete down to the below the frost line. Your deck is only as strong as your bolt through s. They can loosen over the years and weathering. splitting out and loosening. Your entire construction project is relying on bolts. I have seen so many decks and porches built this way. Some good some bad. Good luck.
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No worries at all with bolts as shown. Makes for a nice sturdy railing.
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Not talking about railing bolts. Talking about bolts through 4 x4 where it comes out of the sonotube concrete foundation. Looks like bolt through s to hold mains to 4 x 4 instead of just putting all weight directly on 4 x 4s without bolt through s. Drilled holes and bolts interfere with the integrity of the wood.
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It is your deck. If you really like the look and willing to put in the effort then it is worth the work.
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The plan is to use plain vanilla PT (KDAT) 5/4 deck boards.

My question is about the railing.
I really like the look of them INSET and not bolted to the band board.

I dl'ed some pics of what I mean.
Is it worth the extra work? Thanks.
Not sure what a couple of the comments have to do with your question...

But yeah I like the look too.. seems much cleaner to me... its not all that much extra effort.. only problem I ran in to when I did something similar on my kids playouse was the deck board splitting when I screwed it down around the post.. like that picture on the top left.. so that little nub that wraps around split right off.. I was too lazy to pre-drill at the time apparently...

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Really a nice looking deck. I read and accept comments. I don't think people t understand how beautiful I think it looks. Many things look great but their only as strong as what's underneath. I can understand if my point is not understood and I am not trying to bring down the nice comments. I was just taught that everything with weight and pressure goes through the structure directly down through the foundation to the frost line. When you Bolt through structural elements your relying on the bolts not the direct downward forces to the foundation. I am sure you all know what crowning is also. If not check it out. Your probably OK because it's a small project and no roof load to add extra weight. Nice DIY.
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