Installing a Deck Railing
This DIY Basic will provide tips on installing a railing.
4x8-foot lattice & molding
2x2-inch pressure-treated boards
power drill and bits
Installing deck lattice is an easy way to upgrade your house and create extra outdoor storage.
With a circular saw, cut 2x2-inch supports the length of deck posts and the distance along ground between them.
Using exterior-grade deck screws, attach vertical supports to posts.
Complete frame with horizontal support.
If posts are more than 4 feet apart, install non-load-bearing uprights at 4-foot intervals.
Measure and cut sections of lattice molding to fit each space. Leave opening for door.
Make inside miter cut on each corner.
With circular saw, cut lattice panels to fit spaces.
Slope lattice if necessary to fit ground.
Allow 1/4 inch on each side for expansion and contraction of panels.
Snap lattice panels into molding.
Make sure all lattice panels face same way.
Pre-drill holes through molding and screw lattice in place.
Build 2x4-inch support for door by toe nailing top into deck and securing bottom with stake.
Frame opening with 2x4 attached with deck screws.
Cut lattice panel to fit door opening, allowing 1/4 inch on each side for expansion and contraction.
Frame lattice with trim.
Attach lattice door with hinges.
Attach handle on outside.
Attach gravity thumb latch to keep door closed.
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