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Posted on Reducing sway on a tall deck

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 11:39 PM

I want to take a different stand. The bracing shown is too short. If those boards were longer they would brace the entire length of the post. those are only a couple of feet long and they only stiffen that much of the post. The screws used will make a lot of difference but on the sway. The screws will break if they are deck screws. Nails will not break. Normally lag screws will hold the best. Bolts and flat washers are good. Use flat washers to keep the heads from digging in.

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