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Old 04-24-2006, 05:22 PM   #1
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I framed up a deck using 2x8 joist. I put the joist 24" on center, code calls for 16" on center. I dont know if the inspector is going to look at it, if he doesnt, will this be strong enough anyway? Or should I scab in supports between joists? thanks.

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Old 04-24-2006, 06:15 PM   #2
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Unless you are going to use it for a trampoline......

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Old 04-24-2006, 08:48 PM   #3
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I know that it's time and money but you should have checked the code first. I'd take it down and go back right. I don't know where you are but it could show up during an inspection when you go to sell.
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I tore off the decking and the joist and started putting them 16" on center. I thought 2x8 joist 24"on center would be plenty strong enough. The place where I had 5/4 decking didnt move at all. I did get the specs and they call for 2x6 16" on center so that is what I am doing. Thanks for the advice.
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I tore off the decking and the joist and started putting them 16" on center. I thought 2x8 joist 24"on center would be plenty strong enough. The place where I had 5/4 decking didnt move at all. I did get the specs and they call for 2x6 16" on center so that is what I am doing. Thanks for the advice.
Why didn't you just stick a joist in between the 24" centers instead of ripping off all the decking? Then you would have 12" centers, but so what. Once you were done putting the joists in you go on top and just screw or nail the decking into them.

Worst case is that you bought a couple extra joists. You had to buy more joists anyway to put them at 16" centers but think of all the time you would've saved just adding joists (unless your joists are ground level and you can't get to them) and now all your decking has holes in them.
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Old 04-26-2006, 03:01 PM   #6
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Yeah, I hear you. It is ground level, and I only had a few rows of decking so the wife could walk out on it and get a feel for it. It didnt take too long to move the joist, I am glad I did it. It is so much stronger..
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Code does allow 2' o.c. depending on beam, post spacing. Personally I have never done it, but I could...

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Put the deck up 2' oc what about next month when you want to put a hot tup on it then what ?
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you must be reading my wifes mind, I put everything 16 on center, thanks for the advice, the last thing I want is a trampoline. This thing doesnt move at all. Solid as a rock..

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