This excellent system for deck and porch railings is easy to install, unobtrusive and extremely strong, and also helps prevent moisture damage.
The all-steel hardware consists of a formed base welded to a hollow shaft that is embedded in the post or rail end. Installation is simple and fast: just cut a pilot channel with a hole saw, drive the shaft in (it's bevelled for easy insertion) and screw the base down. Only the base shows, leaving a tidy, finished appearance.
The connection is tremendously strong, since the shaft stiffens the join and is supported by wood inside and out. The base leaves space for air circulation and blocks water from wicking into end grain, preventing rot. Finished in an all-weather epoxy coat suitable for ACQ-treated lumber.
Post anchors are for nominal 4x4 and 6x6 stock; the 4x4 anchor requires a 1-1/4" hole saw, and the 6x6 anchor requires a 1-3/4" hole saw. To mount either anchor, a hardware kit of eight black-finished 1/4" x 3" outdoor lag screws and four 3/8" x 5" galvanized lag screws is available separately (one kit needed per post) or you can supply your own.
Optional post skirts, sized to match the 4x4 or 6x6 anchors, cover exposed screw heads. The paired rail connectors for nominal 2x4 stock are available in 90° or 22.5° versions, each with mounting screws (3/4" hole saw needed).
An attractive and durable system.
The products marked with are not stocked at our retail stores, but can be ordered for pick-up at our stores.The initial shipment of the 4x4 Post Anchor and the Post Anchor Hardware Kit is en route to our retail stores. We expect to have stock available at all locations by mid-May 2015.