How do I install patio rail posts to concrete?
This is 99% what I am looking to do.. http://www.ronhazelton.com/projects/how_to_make_a_porch_rail
Everything is fine except Step two of the video. The patio in the video is a wooden deck so they just used a jigsaw to cut a hole for the 4X4 post. My patio is smaller but I would like to put 1 or 2 posts in between the columns/posts that are already in place holding up the patio roof. However, it is on concrete slab. How would I attach the railing post to the concrete?
I basically want to do everything the video says to do and also am going for that simple white railing/fence look. Only difference is the concrete vs wooden floor so the anchors will be different.
A few options I can think of.. 1) use a drill with a concrete bit to drill a hole about 3 deep or however deep a rebar type of anchor is. I dont know the names but I just figure there must be some kind of metal anchor made for concrete. drill into the bottom of the 4X4 (or whatever post). Put the metal anchor/rebar into the 4x4 and also into the hole in the concrete. use concrete to seal it.
2) Use a metal simpson (is that what it's called?) bracket where you align the bracket and drill a hole for the screws into the concrete. Then attach the post to the bracket. Downside is that you have a bracket that is visible but if it's painted, it shouldn't be that much of a problem.
Is there a better way to do this? What about an easier way? I'm doing a lot of small improvements to the house here and there and this is something I always wanted to do. I am really looking to spend no more than $50 for the lumber as i have most tools. I also have paint too and it will just be white.
What additional tools, brackets, materials do I need?