Why is the deck railing loose

How to fix a falling railing?

It appears that due to the outward forces on the railing, the rim beam is loosening from the beams to which it is nailed.

You could screw the rim beam to the beams (where those nails are now) which could give a little more holding power, but you wouldn't gain much. The use of lag screws in this situation should be avoided as they will not hold well in the end grain of the joists.

I would suggest putting angle brackets like these on either side of each beam. Offset them slightly vertically so that the screws on either side of the beam don't interfere with each other. Use an appropriate length of screw (2.5 inches would work for double joists).

The 4x4 posts for the railing are bolted to the rim beam. With these 4x4 hooked up next to one of the joists (ideally and the one shown in your pictures) you can add a deck post mount, if one isn't already in place, which will transfer the handrail force from the stud to the joist. This would replace the angle bracket mentioned above on one side of the beam.

Ben Rudgers

What's the reason for recommending the Simpson's 12-gauge angle over the, or because the problem with the deck is pull-out rather than gravity? Catalog pages: strongtie.com/ftp/catalogs/c-2013/C-2013-p199.pdf and strongtie.com/ftp/catalogs/c-2013/C-2013-p194.pdf What size and type of 2 1 / Recommend You 2 "bolts and on what technical basis do you recommend them over the bolts required to achieve the load table constructions?

Luke Z.

It was more of a suggestion than a recommendation. The MLs are more readily available in my personal experience. These alternatives could be "better", although I don't think there will be a perceived difference unless he is lifting heavy loads over the railing. As for the screws, I would use 2.5 inches as I don't have enough information to know how adequately the two joists / rim beams are connected together.