Attaching stair rails, balusters, handrail to deck

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Old 09-09-17, 11:00 AM
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Question Attaching stair rails, balusters, handrail to deck

Still smashing fingers on the deck replacement. Now I need advice on attaching the vertical rails to the posts. I used brackets for the ends on the deck but looking for the best way to attach the vertical 2x4s to the post. I also read that for code I need a handrail and not just the horiz rail cap 2x?

I'm using composite material, and I have some 6' 2x4s for the stairs. The posts are white plastic. Should I attach the vert 2x on the inside of the post? I saw some vinyl stair rail connectors but they look ugly.

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During the board transition... the normal picture inserting is not working. You need to attach images and they appear at the bottom of your post. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html Follow attaching instructions in red box.
 
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Old 09-09-17, 02:47 PM
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Now I need advice on attaching the vertical rails to the posts.
Confusing, do you mean the HORIZONTAL rails (upper and lower) to the posts?
 
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yes, understand the confusion. they are horizontal but are turned edgeways for the angled cut to attach to the post. Putting in a screw near the bottom of the rail into the post is not much for strength, and I guess I should put in a couple more screws angled in from the side? but that starts looking messy unless I do a nice countersink or pocket hole?
 
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see attch for the post rail detail
 
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You can also use the baluster as your cleat. Your image in post one shows a baluster against the post. You could basically assemble the entire thing then fit it between the posts, and put a few screws through the end balusters into the posts. Not that you wouldn't want other fasteners in it. A single toe screw underneath (in post 5) would suffice.
 
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Old 09-10-17, 02:23 PM
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yeah, baluster as a cleat... can't see the forest for the trees sometimes. That's why I post here. Sorry for the horz and vertical confusion, but I should have just posted the pic right off. So what do you call a horiz 2x4 that is turned 90 degrees? lol
 
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