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Old 09-24-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Building a deck. Will this work?


I'm looking to build a 10'x30' deck on the frount of my house. I have my 2x8 ledger board up and want to attach four beams (my gonna make my beams from two 2x8s 10' long) to my ledger. Then attach 10' joists with the brackets between my beams, then decking. My posts will be under the deck with a little overhang off the frount. I want my decking to run perpendicular to the house.

Anybody have any advice?

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Old 09-24-2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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I'm an electrician, not a carpenter! I'm trying to follow your post, I'm wondering what function the ledger board has.
If the floor joists were to be perpendicular to the building,I could understand its function.
Because you wish the decking to be perpendicular, the joists will be parallel.
It seems to me that the beams should be supported by 3 posts (piers) each, with no attachment to the building.
Ledger boards can trap moisture, unless care is taken to prevent this.
To my way of thinking, you don't need this, so why ask for trouble?
As I have stated, I'm not a carpenter, but my instincts lead me to believe this!
Those with qualifications may point out that I'm dead wrong, but it will take strong argument to convince me of this!

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What will support your beams at the house? If the deck is going to be free standing and have posts at both ends of the beams, then it would work. Attaching the beams to the face of the ledger is not a good thought. They need to bear directly onto a substantial support. Your choice of double 2x8s for that span is not good. You need to go heavier or add a post mid span.

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The faceing of the house was allready rotten, i replaced 40' along the frount with 2x8 and attached it to my house joists. I went ahead and put my ledger on that, before i really knew how i was gonna build this thing.
I may be way off base here, i just need some input.

I was gonna attach my beams to the ledger useing corner brackets, and add 6x6 posts under the beams as needed. The deck will be about three foot off the ground.
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Does anyone else have any input?
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Ahmen!

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