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Old 12-01-2012, 10:20 PM   #16
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Use lag bolts and for extra safety we also use symson strong ties


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Old 12-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by hand drive View Post
through bolts ( 5/8" minimum) here in NC have been mandatory for quite a few years, lags have a tendency to reverse themselves and get loose in the hole when they move around...[/quote

wouldnt carriage bolts do the same thing or are you putting loctite on the threads of hte bolt or doing a lock nut method by installing two nuts on it

and joes right about having the decking at the same height as the door threshold.. the detail i use is to use say a 2x12 ledger thats kept down 2 or 3`from the threshold which gets flashed. then the joists themselves are 2x10`s that are installed with the bottoms flush with the bottom of the ledger which creates a kick board per say so if your shovelling snow off the deck your not slamming the shovel into the siding which can damage it
usually just 5/8" through bolts with washers staggered and no carriage bolts get the decks passed and approved, two guys with wrenches. One guy under the house one under the deck tightening at the same time until it will tighten no further.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:48 PM   #18
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Yes, those are great. They are what I used on my decks. Home Depot carries them.
how do you figure which length to buy?

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How far apart should you space the lags on the ledger board?


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