How to Build a Deck, Part 6: Installing Deck Railings, Balusters, Lattice and Skirting

Installing railings, balusters, and lattice can add that extra flare to your deck. For this project you will need posts, balusters, 2×4, 5/4 decking, tape measure, pencil, square, level, post level, circular saw, miter saw, hand saw, 3lb. hammer, drill and bits, socket wrench, carriage bolts and screws.

Figure out how many posts you will need and where you will place them. Check with your building codes to see if there is a certain distance each post needs to be. As a general rule of thumb posts typically are 6-8 feet apart and are positioned on the corners, against the house and by the stairs of your deck. Mark the joists where the posts will go. Make sure they are even distance apart from one another. Next cut the posts to length. You will want to cut notches in the top and bottom of the posts. Measure the joists and decking thickness to measure out your notch. Use a circular saw to make the horizontal cut, then finish with a handsaw on the vertical cut. Clamp your post in place and make sure it is level. Drill two holes through the post into the joists and attach with carriage bolts.

Next you are going to install your 2×4′s along the inside of the posts. Attach with screws. Now it is time for the balusters. Evenly space each baluster to the 2×4 with screws. Once those are all in place attach the top rail with screws. Now that the railings are in place we are almost done. The last item to install is the lattice. Attach cleats under the joists so that you can easily screw the lattice against it. Lattice typically comes in 4×8 feet cuts, so measure and cut to size. Once cut, attach to the cleats with screws.

You are now finished with the construction of your deck. For further information about weathering and staining your deck go to If you missed any parts of the How to Build a Deck series, go to the playlist:

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Post time: 10-06-2018