How to Install Post Base Brackets

At Cutting Edge Metals, we manufacture custom post bracket bases and tops. Post base brackets are used to secure wood posts to concrete bases or surfaces. Whether you're building a deck, pergola, or other outdoor structures, post base brackets create a secure way to anchor wood posts while adding an aesthetically pleasing visual element. While there are other methods for securing posts to concrete, post base brackets offer several advanced benefits, including:
  • Longevity: Post base brackets keep the wood post above ground, preventing the wood from being surrounded by soil and moisture
  • Strength: Post base brackets are exceptionally strong and robust
  • Adjustable: Post base brackets give you the ability to fine-tune the alignment of your posts before installation
  • Ease of Maintenance: If you ever need to perform maintenance on your deck or pergola, posts that are installed using post base brackets are much easier to maintain than posts that have been installed below ground
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Post base brackets provide an aesthetic element that can be customized by Cutting Edge Metals to meet your exact preferences
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Resources You'll Need to Install Your Post Base Brackets

Before you get started, you'll need to assemble the right tools and materials for the job. Always use protective equipment like gloves and safety glasses to protect from injury. Tools you'll need include:  
  • Post base from Cutting Edge Metals
  • Concrete anchor bolts
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Wrench or socket set
  • A marker or pencil

Does the Material of Your Post Base Bracket Matter?

To achieve your desired aesthetic style and proper level of corrosion resistance for your environment, you'll want to choose the proper materials and finishes for your post brackets. At Cutting Edge Metals, we work with various premium metals and finish materials to ensure you get the visual and performance qualities you need for your application. Contact us to learn more about which materials would be best for your post brackets.
Brushed stainless steel   Bare steel   Radius corner finish   Hammer scalloped edge

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Post Base Brackets to Concrete

Proper installation of your post base brackets is crucial to creating a safe environment. Our step-by-step post base guide will help you learn how to install your post base brackets from Cutting Edge Metals into concrete.

Step 1: Measure and Mark the Placement of Your Post Base Brackets

To begin the installation process, you'll need to use your tape measure and a pencil to mark the location of your base. Always make your marks clear to avoid mistakes during the drilling process.

Step 2: Drill Holes into the Concrete Base

Position the drill bit on the marked hole locations and start drilling. Be sure to drill to the recommended depth for your length of anchor bolts. Once the holes are drilled, clear away any dust or debris.

Step 3: Insert Anchor Bolts Into the Concrete Base

Place the concrete anchor bolts into the drilled holes. You'll want to check to make sure they are flush with the concrete surface. If needed, you can use a hammer to gently tap the anchor bolts into place.

Step 4: Attach and Secure the Post Bracket to the Anchor Bolts

Position the post base over the anchor bolts, aligning the holes in the base with the bolts. Tighten the nuts onto the anchor bolts using a wrench or socket set. You'll want to ensure the post base is secured tightly to the concrete, but be mindful not to overtighten, as this could cause damage to the concrete surface.

Step 5: Make Final Adjustments

Use a level to verify that the post base is plumb and level. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the post base aligns correctly with your structure.

Step 6: Attach Your Wood Post to the Base Bracket

Once the concrete has fully cured, you can attach your post to the installed post base. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for securing your structure to the post base.

Get Custom-Manufactured Post Base Brackets from Cutting Edge Metals

Uplift post base bracketAt Cutting Edge Metals, we're dedicated to providing you with the perfect post base brackets for your application. We custom-manufacture post base brackets and other metal components, including timber brackets, railings, gates, fencing, signs, fireplace surrounds, and much more. We use premium materials and hardware to ensure your components achieve your desired performance and aesthetic standards.

Contact Us to Learn How We Can Provide You With the Perfect Post Base Brackets

Contact us to learn how Cutting Edge Metals can supply you with custom-designed post base brackets. For pricing estimates, request a quote online. For all your post brackets and other custom metal needs, you can count on Cutting Edge Metals to bring your vision to life.