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Old 05-14-2013, 03:04 PM   #16
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Unfortunately the door is over 3 feet off the ground, which means railings, etc.

The driveway is 7' 8" wide - half is on my property, but the neighbor has a easement for my half. There used to two garages that branched off the mutual driveway, but those got taken out for landscaping before we bought the place.

Now I'm wondering if a flush beam setup would make more sense. My only concern is that the half of the footing would be visible in front of the skirting. Is that right?

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My only concern is that the half of the footing would be visible in front of the skirting. Is that right?
a portion is normally visible when using a flush framed beam thus the reason a lot use a drop beam so you can sit it back.
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All right, sounds like I'll go with the standard design after all. Thanks all for your help.
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Sorry, I have another question: the existing concrete piers only allow for a 2x6 ledger board and joists. Am I better off using 2x6's, or using 2x8's that are notched down to 5.5 inches in those sections?
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if you're using 2x8 joists you have to use a 2x8 ledger, just make sure to anchor it well on each side of the existing pier. hopefully your joist don't fall over a pier, may want to plan on spacing them so they don't. a lumber marker will save you some time and aggrevation
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I could also use 2x6 joists though... Those would all fit without notching anything. Most info on the web points me away from 2x6's though.

I would have to cut notches out of a 2x8 ledger board so it would fit around the piers, but not for a 2x6

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