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Place the first bracket in position (Image 1), and make marks to indicate where the edge of the bracket should be when the bracket is centered. Then place the bracket in proper position and secure it using brad nails and a finish-nail gun (Image 2). Fasten the bracket to both the porch post and spindle rail.
Caulk the seams to prevent water from getting underneath the newly installed brackets and causing rot. In some cases, the new brackets had to be scribed and trim to custom-fit the individual spaces on the porch. An extra 1/8" of width had been left on each bracket earlier to allow for this type of adjustment.
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