- 2" square extruded aluminum posts from 80/20
- Cast aluminum base 'feet' from 80/20
- 1/2" extruded aluminum tubing for the horizontal rails
- Custom fabricated steel brackets to attach posts to treads
- Oak handrail
On the concrete deck, the posts are anchored with 3/8" Red-Head concrete anchors. On the wood floors and treads they are anchored with 3/8" lag bolts.
In spite of it's lightweight appearance, it is surprisingly strong.
We had a LOT of posts and tubing to cut and drill so we set up an impromptu workshop on the front deck.
I used a Hitachi 12" sliding compound miter saw with a 96 tooth carbide blade to cut the aluminum. I highly recommend this saw... it cut through the 2" extruded aluminum posts effortlessly and the built in laser helped make precision cuts.
We had to drill hundreds (and hundreds) of holes in the 1/2" aluminum tubing so I picked up an inexpensive Ryobi drill press. This was definitely a case of get what you pay for. It's junk and made the job really tedious.
We used 1/4-20 stainless bolts to attach the tubing to the posts.
All done and ready for occupancy!