Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this:
I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here are a few sub-optimal things I've considered:
(Important Notes: There is very little space to fit a driver underneath the deck from behind; I cannot fit myself under there, so I would be doing it blindly at an awkward angle toward myself from the outside of the deck. The deck structural lumber only very slightly overlaps the step structural lumber vertically -- if at all -- not enough to accurately fasten with a screw through the back.) :
Customize a Z-shaped bracket and fasten from behind to the deck structural lumber and through the deck fascia into the step structural lumber. This would be exceedingly difficult due to the access limitations mentioned above.
Screw through the deck fascia to the step joist from behind. Fascia is not meant to be structural, but possibly combined with other methods it could work fine. This would be slightly easier to accomplish than #1.
Attach the step structural lumber to multiple pavers with L-shaped brackets using a masonry drill bit and masonry screws. This is not ideal by itself due to the potential for lifting or moving the pavers, but with enough pavers (which are "glued" together with polymeric sand) and in combination with #2 this might work.
I'm not thrilled about any of these options. Can anyone please offer some sound advice?