I want to attach a 2x to the side of a vertical 4x4 post.
I can think of several options:
- through bolts
- lag screws
- a cleat under the beam
- Sampson Deck-Joist Tie
I know that notching the post makes it stronger, but I don't want to notch.
What are the guidelines for selecting proper fastening, e.g. the number & size of fasteners for a given load?