How to Attach a Wood Post to Concrete

Attaching a wood post to a deck’s concrete footing, a concrete walkway, patio or porch slab is easy. Here’s how to do it.

To attach a wood handrail post to concrete:

  • Mark the location of the holes in a metal post bracket on the concrete.
  • Drill holes into the concrete that are the right diameter for lead shields using a masonry bit in a hammer drill.
  • Insert lead shields into the holes in the concrete.
  • Use lag bolts or screws to attach the metal post bracket to the concrete.

Insert the wood post in the post bracket, and screw or nail it in place.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Reading

Danny Lipford: Robert writes, “How can I attach a wood handrail post to concrete?”

If you’re not as lucky as these homeowners and could mount your handrail post right down into the ground, it’s a lot easier than you think to mount it to concrete.

This is one of the things that makes it really easy. It’s just a post bracket that attaches right to the concrete. Then you can put your post in place, and even trim it out to make it look great.

How do you attach that to the concrete? Well, that’s pretty easy as well. It’s a lead anchor, basically a threaded sleeve, that you use a hammer drill and a sharp masonry bit to drill down into the concrete. Just tap this in place.

Then, when you attach the bracket with your screws or bolts, it expands that lead anchor just a little bit and that’s where all of the strength comes in.

And it makes it really easy to have a very strong post and one that will last for a long, long time.