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Old 07-23-2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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Bolting Deck Ledger


I'm in the process of attaching a 20' long 2x10 deck ledger (PT Doug fir). The 1/2" holes I've drilled out are real snug where I have to tap in the bolts half the way with a hammer. I read somewhere where they used a 9/16" drill for the 1/2" bolts to allow for shifting and shrinkage. Are my bolts too tight? I did let the lumber dry at my location for a month.

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You could drill the holes through the deck rim a little bigger if you want, but must not overdrill the holes in the house's rim. The lag threads must engage the wooden house rim in order to be effective.

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Can a ledger board be secured to a building by bolting it to the wall studs.
I'm thinking ROOF ledger board, rather than a deck ledger board.
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Can a ledger board be secured to a building by bolting it to the wall studs.
I'm thinking ROOF ledger board, rather than a deck ledger board.
Yes, this is common on split-level homes.
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Can a ledger board be secured to a building by bolting it to the wall studs.
I'm thinking ROOF ledger board, rather than a deck ledger board.
BOLTING IT TO THE WALL STUDS??? Or did you mean Lagging screwing.
just want to clarify the difference. BOB
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Yeah, I meant lag screws. Not bolts!
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Yeah, I meant lag screws. Not bolts!
Me too! I meant lag-screws. Of course bolts would work if access to the opposite side were available.

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