wow lots of great ideas fellas, I'd rather use nails than screws anyway,as for the railing I would like to do something with it but it's a Forest Service cabin and therein lies the rub.
They are very strict about what modifications you can do to the outside of the cabin. Apparently they only allow the wire fence and it's a pain having to take it all down for the winter.
I've only experienced this winter in the cabin and I was told by the previous owner that the snow could cause some damage to the deck if it was left up.
It was originally held up with dozens of screws with washers and I would like to come up with another idea for holding the wire that can easily be removed and replaced.
Any ideas would be welcome.
BTW what thickness would be the best to use for the hardi ?