Another Suggestion for Connecting Posts to Shallow Joists
Through-bolts and blocking might help eliminate metal hardware from a tricky post-to-joist connection, but they don't solve the central problem: that 2x4 joists will crack and split
Behr DeckOver Acrylic Coating
Available in 54 colors, DeckOver can hide cracks up to 1/4 inch wide
Duckback Products Superdeck Deck and Dock
This elastomeric coating is designed to move with the wood to prevent peeling and...