08:48PM | 05/23/11
Member Since: 09/28/05
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I have a deck that is 60" high with 7 step riser. I am wanting to build a bottom wood deck/patio off of the bottom step. My questions is, can I use some of the existing 4x4 posts to tie in the bottom deck? I will be placing the outer posts in concrete?

Or would I be weakening the existing 4x4 posts by drilling carriage bolts?


04:13PM | 05/30/11
Member Since: 03/24/08
62 lifetime posts
I think you need new posts all the way around, but it depends on the size and the weight it will carry. I would try your local building dept. to see what their requirements are.


06:49AM | 06/07/11
Member Since: 06/07/11
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there is a good site called that has some installation details and also great resource for lumber pricing

Bob Vila

02:28PM | 07/31/11
Member Since: 07/07/11
51 lifetime posts
Use joist hangers and avoid drilling through the 4x4.


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