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Don't Trim Those Toe Nails!
Toe nailing is a valid carpentry technique. But for the most part it is a temporary tacking of one thing to another by nailing two things together at an angle. Then proper attachment can be made. Toe nailing is seldom, if ever, intended for long-term attachment or support with heavy material.
Walking around this deck, only about 4' high, I noticed that every single guardrail post had been toe nailed to the decking!
Don't trim those toe nails!
You can see how substantially attached that post is to the deck (he sarcastically notes). Many wobbled a lot! Rock on dude...
Despite the VERY FINE paint job, this is a huge problem.
Sure, the deck is only 4' high. Do you want to fall 4', land on top of a broken guardrail, and land at an angle you can't control?
Didn't think so...
Where do people end up when they go out onto a deck?
The guardrail! They lean. They put weight. They ASSUME it's safe.
The code would like the guardrail to easily support about 200 pounds. That is all well and good. But often more than one person is leaning against the rail! Remember, the code is a MINIMUM STANDARD! ... more
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