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The DeckLok anchor is designed for lateral connections on exterior decks — attaching the deck ledger to the home’s rim joist, fastening stair stringers in place, and securing posts. It satisfies the IBC requirement that the post resist a force of 500 pounds at a point 36 inches above the deck surface. A 16-gauge hot-dip galvanized anchor costs $10, a 316 stainless steel version $15.

Screw Products, 877/844-8880, deck-lok.com.