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Old 03-01-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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I am using 2x10s for deck joists. In one section they are 8 1/2 feet long from ledger to rim board. Should I put in blocking? Would I notice the difference when I walk on the finished deck?

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8 1/2' span on a 2 x 10 isn't that much to worry about. On the other hand, if you feel like doing the blocking, it won't hurt any and will normally stiffen up the floor.
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consider a line of blocking on a diagonal to stiffen the deck. works particularly well on decks a couple of feet off the ground.
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Thanks for the feedback. I have a couple of really warped boards I couldn't use for anything else. Might as well chop them up and hammer them in.
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