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Old 08-07-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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"Wagging in" 2x8 beams for my deck?


Hi, I am new to the chatroom. I had a question about whether or not I can wag in the supports for my deck. I have 4x4 posts that I have in the ground and would like to bolt the 2x8s into them rather than putting them on top of the posts. I am planning to place the 2x8s on oposite sides of the posts and use blocking between them to take up the space created between the 2x8s. Should I have any code issues to be concerned about?
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:49 AM   #2
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Deckman; in short NO. If you want the 4x's to support ur 2 x 8's then you should "let" those into the 4 x 4" . Bolts alone will corrode and fail.
You never gave dimensions as to how large this deck was to be. Are they on footings?, meet codes, etc. More info will be a great help to fully answer this question
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My deck will be sized 10 foot by 16 foot and I will not be attaching it to the house. Considering what kind of a junk deck I took out, this will be like the Taj Mahal. I was planning to put lag bolts through the 2x8s and into the 4x4s. It just looks like a much easier route to go than going on top of the posts. I would think it would be more stable as well. Thanks for any comments
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I think you will find placing them on top is simpler and not to mention a ____ of a lot stronger. I have cut 2x4 pieces and screwed them to the beam and 4x4 to stableize them.
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Please DONT bolt to the posts it is not nearly as strong and most building departments wont allow it.
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Thanks for the suggestion, I think I will do that.
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I think you will find placing them on top is simpler and not to mention a ____ of a lot stronger. I have cut 2x4 pieces and screwed them to the beam and 4x4 to stableize them.

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