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Structural soundness of 4x4 pressure treated posts

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My situation is this: I am a renter in a second floor flat. The outdoor back staircase is made of pressure-treated wood, including 4x4 posts. I installed a bike hook -- 3/16" screw that goes in about 2" -- into one of these posts.

My landlord called me today asking be to remove the bike hook because it was making the staircase "structurally unsound". She insists I attach the hook to a wooden fence (2x6" flats). My bike probably weighs no more than 30 lbs.

Is she right?

Any advice/help would be appreciated!
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It is her building and her liability. - 4x4s an only wood and really not that strong, depending on the height.

Your bike may be only 30#, but someone else may try to hang a 1500# moose from it.

The owner has the liability and has no guarantee what will be hung from the hook or if someone slse installs a bigger hook or decides to run a horizontal line where there could be very large horizontal loads.

I am sure you could get permission to do what you want if you provide a guarantee what loads would be applied and assume the liability.

She just wanted the bike hook removed. She could have just said that.
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