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How to Attach a Wood Post to Concrete

By: Danny Lipford
Attaching a metal post bracket to a concrete slab.

Attaching a metal post bracket to a concrete slab.

It’s not that difficult to attach a wood handrail post to a concrete walk, patio or porch slab. Here’s how.

To attach a wood handrail post to concrete:

  1. Mark the location of the holes in a metal post bracket on the concrete.
  2. Drill holes in the concrete of the right diameter for lead shields using a masonry bit in a hammer drill.
  3. Insert lead shields into the holes in the concrete.
  4. Use lag bolts or screws to attach the metal post bracket to the concrete.
  5. Insert the wood post in the post bracket, and screw or nail it in place.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

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, then 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, 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, you 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.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 14th, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Hi, Tara,
    Please include a photo with your question so we can understand the setup.
    We accept photos at
    Thanks so much!

  • tara Says:
    April 10th, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Hi.. I have an entryway opening to my back door, it is 65 inches. I would like to install a wood picket gate with gate post surface mounted on concrete. Core drilling is not an option., nor is securing post onto wall mount. Please advise on the how I would go about doing this. Thank you.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 6th, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Hi, Kevin,
    After installing the metal post bracket into the concrete, you would just need to insert the wood post into the post bracket, and screw or nail it in place.
    Thanks for your question!

  • Kevin Says:
    March 3rd, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    How do I instal base and plate I assume wood to cement ? Or other material? Thank you.

  • Helen S. Says:
    February 6th, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I always record the show. It comes on really early like 5 or 6, something like that on a Sunday. I can’t get the radio station in New Mexico, because its down south. I live in the Albuquerque area in Rio Rancho….wish I could.
    Signed a faithful watcher and wished I could do all those great things you do……….
    Thank you for being so inventive and having a knowledge of all maintenance and building creations……. Something we all need to know about. Helen

  • Kathryn Says:
    February 1st, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    That video was exactly what I needed to know. Clearly and concisely explained. Thankyou.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    November 5th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, Witt!
    We recommend submitting questions involving unique situations like yours to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.
    Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly:
    Take care!

  • witt baynes Says:
    November 5th, 2018 at 10:12 am

    How do you attach a 4×4 post to concrete steps since the steps are not level but have a slight slope. Is there an adjustable anchor to allow for the steps not being level

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    October 22nd, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Hi, Phil, features home improvement advice from the nationally syndicated TV show “Today’s Homeowner” and its experts.
    We don’t offer information on individual home builders, repairers and suppliers, but we encourage checking your local phone listings for this information.
    Thanks for your question, and good luck!

  • Phil Says:
    October 20th, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    In New Zealand what are the best brackets to get to fit to an existing concrete post, to attaché a wooden post to please ?

  • cabot young Says:
    November 13th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Looked all over for parts on Home Depot and Lowe’s site and cannot find proper base, or lag bolts (they seem threaded almost to the top of the hex bolt). Any help finding these parts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Josh Says:
    July 25th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    These are one type of post base I use all of the time. They can be purchased at lowes

  • Peggy Bridges Says:
    October 17th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Where do I buy this anchor plate

  • G Wood Says:
    October 1st, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Watched the video from Danny Lipford about attaching a wood post to concrete surface Can you please give the name of the anchor plate he used? Thank You

  • Leopoldo Brandt Says:
    July 16th, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    What if you do not have brackets and just want to tight one of the wood columns a bit loose? Does concrete nails exist or something similar?

  • Claudia K Says:
    March 6th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Where can you buy the exact brackets as shown in the video?
    We can only find the Simpson Strong Tie G185 4x Post Cap Z-Max – 4″ X 4″ and they are not as sturdy as yours.

  • Troy Stevens Says:
    February 5th, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Good video. Clear, to the point, easy to follow. Thank you.

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