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#1 posted 11-04-2018 05:06 PM

So, I have cut out a “mortise” down to framing, added some blocking, drilled the hole, installed the peg and made the cuts in the post. I know the post bottom is square and even routed out the mortise to get a flat and hopefully squared up bottom.

Yet try as I may, I cannot get the post to not “rock” when it is installed, before cinching it down. That would not bother me so much, except when I torque down on the nut to the point the post feels solidly in place, it is out of plumb by “just so much”. That makes it a bit fiddly to cut the rails and minimize the (uneven) “gaps” where the rails meet the posts.

So, rather that spend countless hours nibbling away at the post bottom, hoping for the best, I am considering pouring a thin coat of some self leveling material in the hole in hopes of getting a flat, solid bottom I can count on. But that still leaves a couple variables, so I was also considering using something like JB quick weld in the hole and inserting the post and getting it plumbed up while it sets. First, of course, taping up the bottom of the post so the epoxy does not stick to it and prevent removal, forever.

What say the experts?

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