Connecting two sections of timber together is often seen as a difficult task. The first thought that crosses the minds of most people when they think of joining timber is using an angle grinder, a power tool that is used to grind the ends of the timbers into proper lengths. However, you do not have to use a grinder to make a good joint. It is possible to join timber by using the small screws and bolts that are often overlooked when working with timber.
One of the popular ways of how to connect 2 4×4 posts together is known as the scarf joint. First, you need to secure the two pieces of wood that you plan to join together using two clips and one bolt each. The two clips that you will use are commonly referred to as “marring clips” because they resemble the slots that your handkerchiefs use to slot into each other. If you are unfamiliar with these clips, it is a good idea to practice tying your shoes before you attempt this joint.
One of the most popular ways of how to connect two 4×4 posts together is done using the galvanized screws. Galvanized screws are a type of corrosion resistant screw that can be used in the majority of circumstances to successfully connect two pieces of wood together. A few different types of galvanized screws exist. There are also different variations of each type such as cold galvanized, hot galvanized and platinum.
Another common method of how to connect two 4x4s is done with the use of the double rivet nuts and bolts. These bolts that have been specially made with one or more lead strips wrapped around the head of the bolt or rings. They are excellent for limited space applications where a strong connection is required. The double rivet nuts and bolts are available in different sizes and are commonly used in residential and commercial building construction projects. These types of bolts are often coated with corrosion resistant paint to make them even more durable.
Some people prefer to build their deck out of cement instead of wood because this gives a better looking finished product. Cement blocks are available in various shapes and sizes and it is possible to form the framework of a deck around these blocks by using the wrong size of the joint. When fitting the blocks, ensure that the blocks are wide enough apart so that they do not touch. Once the blocks are fitted, ensure that you press them firmly onto the concrete to ensure that they form a strong foundation. Cement blocks are a good choice for outdoor decks because they offer a solid and strong connection between the decking and the main posts. It is possible to create a smooth finish by sanding the ends of the blocks to match the rest of the area.
Another type of beam or pole joint that can be used to join the ends of a long timber beam is a strong vertical joint that uses lap joint technology. This technology involves inserting a small section of wood vertically into a larger section of timber. Lap joints are a very strong method of joining timber because the vertical sections of timber are held in place between the two sections by small plates that are connected to each other by small pins.
A butt joint is where two pieces of timber are glued or nailed together at their ends so that the middle of the piece has no visible joint. For a good result it is important that the glue is allowed to dry before the butt joint is created. The glue will provide a strong and secure joint. Tools that are required to perform a butt joint include an appropriate nail gun, clamps and a power drill. You should practice a few steps before trying it on your project so that the glue does not dry excessively and the joint is properly fixed.
Lateral strength is required for lumber as it is more susceptible to damage when stressed. If the lumber is over a period of years, it may develop creaking or ‘wear and tear’ where the edges of the plates rub together. Ligatures are required in almost all cases because if the bolts and plates are not correctly fitted, the load deflection will cause the plates to deflect off balance and move off the straight shaft. Connecting 2 4x4s together requires the use of specialized equipment. The equipment must be strong enough to handle the weight of the lumber and the bolts and plates must be able to cope with the stresses associated with their function.