When installing a post on a concrete patio or wood deck, you will need a post mount. Bolt the post mount on to concrete or wood, and then place a vinyl post sleeve over the mount. Place a vinyl post cap on the top of the post and a post skirt on the bottom for aesthetic purposes.
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Make any necessary repairs to the floorboards or siding. If you're building a new home, paint the exterior and install the porch flooring before building the railing. Otherwise, you'll have to install the flooring around the railing posts, and the railing may get damaged in the process.
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For a composite railing system, slide the post sleeve over the wood post, then the post sleeve skirt over the post sleeve; both should rest on the decking.