Deck railing posts: through the deck or bolted on?
A co-worker saw my drawing of what I'm planning to build (wooden front porch - old concrete one finally became unsafe) and he insists that I should build the new porch with the posts through the deck to serve as the railing posts, because having the bottom of the railing post set in concrete would be "so much better!" When I built my deck in the backyard I bolted the railing posts on and they're quite sturdy, not to mention easier to build than cutting decking around a through-post.
So, what do you think? Bolt them on, or bring them up through?
Bill in Kansas City, MO
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