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    The first thing to do is make a 2d drawing of your deck. Make sure to label the sides of the deck, account for any angles, and measure the total distance of your stairs; from the front of the top stair tread to the front of the bottom or last stair tread step.

    Now that we have a drawing of the deck, we can find where the posts should be placed. Draw a square for each post at corners, edges, and top and bottom of stairs. Then add any posts between those posts for any sections larger than 8'. Rail Kits are available in 6’ and 8’ Level and Stair, so a section that is 7’ will require an 8’ Rail Kit which will need to be cut in the field before installing. In contrast, the stair sections which are 9.5” total length will require two 6’ Stair Rail Kits on each side and 44” posts between. Now, label the distances between all posts with a 6'L (6'Level), 8'L, 6'S, or 8'S (8' Stair) (multiple "short sections" under 4', can be achieved by using one longer section (8' or 6') and (a) "Cut Kit(s)" which are 4/Pack rail brackets available in level, stair, or level angle adjustable ADJ for 45 degree and other degree angle turns.

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    Decking refers to Nominal 1x6 (typically 7/8"x5-1/2") exterior grade wood or non-wood material such as PVC and Composite. Decking is installed with screws or hidden fasteners to joists which are fastened to posts to concrete piers. Decking brands like TimberTech, Azek, Fiberon, Envision-Evergrain, Zuri, Deckorators, Trex, Moisture Shield, Genovations, and Geodeck have been used on decks in the Kansas City area for decades. Innovations in recent years have given us better recycling methods, more aesthetic grain patterns, more natural color variation, better warranties, and easier installation.
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