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Old 09-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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With a doubled up beam they should have used a connector like this to connect the beam to the post.

http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/BC.asp

The way yours is there's noting to stop that deck from twisting.
I also hate the 2 X 4 bracing, I use 4 X 4's or 6 X 6's with long lag screws.
That deck was built like a stack of cards.

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Well, no longer feeling better.

The joists are definitely connected to the ledger with hangers, so does that make this slightly less worrisome?
Joist hangers are great, but I'd be more concerned if I didn't see bolts connecting the ledger to the house. For a deck, I would want to see a minimum of two bolts (one at the top and then one at the bottom of the ledger) between each joist. The bolts must be connected to the house framing, not just to the siding material.

On a side note: if your joists had been more solidly connected to the beam, it is unlikely that the beam would have become so eccentric.
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If that's the case then your also missing these.
http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/H.asp
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Guys, the beam may be sufficient, it is NOT a single member of 2x material its a 4X solid beam, no need to "double it up" However I don't know how far the beam spans, the joist spans, and the loading requirements, so I can't comment on if it is actually sufficient.

Are the hangers PROPERLY fastened (proper nails in proper holes as speced by the manufacture)? When I see someone leave the rim off a deck I wouldn't trust a damn thing they did.
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All hangers look to be properly fastened -- no open holes. Double bolts between joists in the ledger board (this is making me feel SLIGHTLY less dizzy, thank goodness). And I did watch those go into the house -- not the siding -- myself, as this same contractor also opened the whole back wall and put in shear walls before building the deck for seismic retro (we're on a grade and the back half of the house is on slab, which is messy in earthquake country).
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So, I'm reviving this now and working with the hubby on a plan of attack (who no longer thinks I'm crazy, so thanks for validating me).

How much effort is it gonna take to add a rim joist plus sufficient fasteners between the floor joists and the rotating beam? And, will that correct this problem, given that we seem to be properly fastened at the ledger board?

Thanks, guys.
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I think the first thing you need to do is contact your local building department and address your concerns with them.

Every municipalities may follow different versions of building codes, and some have different interpretations of the same code.

May be that rim band free design is acceptable where you live as long as you have solid blocking between joists above the beam (you have them in your pix).

They may have a pamphlet or booklet about building decks in your town so grab a copy while you are there.

As far as that crack is concerned, do you have the original pix vs today's pix you can compare? I think checking is normal, especially for a solid lumber that size, but your picture looks like it is cracked at or over 50% of the width of the wood.

I think you can paint it to slow down the drying/checking process so ask your building inspector on that too.

Good luck.

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