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Old 05-17-2010, 01:36 PM   #16
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Love you idea about the 2x10s, but unfortunatley I already have the 2x8x sitting in my yard. Sistering seems like and option.

The my layout stands right not, I have a two 2x8s running entire 20' span with three footings with two feet of overhang on either end, so the span between the footings is 8 feet. Would I need to sister the entire beem? I am worrying over nothing with the notch, considering it's directly over the footing?

Plus, the deck is on going to be a finished height of 20'' so any collapse would probably be more comical than disasterous.


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Love you idea about the 2x10s, but unfortunatley I already have the 2x8x sitting in my yard. Sistering seems like and option.
Can you not return them? And even if you can't, is it really that expensive to eat the cost of them and buy the 2x10s? After all, we're only talking about two pieces of lumber (or 4 shorter pieces, you don't have to use sold pieces the whole length with multiple supports do you)?

BTW, your numbers don't add up... 3 footings, 4' span between footings, 2' overhang... that's only 2+4+4+2 = 12'

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Would I need to sister the entire beem?
From a structural stand point... No.
But I was thinking from an astetic (sp?) stand point, it would look nicer if you had a solid beam on the outside hiding the fixes were making.
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Why is a 3/4" shim on the remaining piers out of the question?
If you make them out of something other than wood, you don't have to worry about the wood wicking moisture away from the concrete.
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Shims definitely not out of the question, and it looks like that's where I'm going. I wanted to keep it at the level it's at, however, since we're trying to keep the deck as low to the ground as possible. And yes, I know 3/4 of an inch isn't that big a deal
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So is the beam sitting directly on the concrete footers or not?

The image you showed in a word doc showed some sort of spacer sitting between the footers and the beam. Is so, then tht's the obvious place to adjust the beam.
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You said posts and showed posts in the diagram. Shorten the post 3/4".
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I'm sure this deck has gone on and this recommendation is late, but deserves a consideration for all those in the future who have similar problems.

If a J bolt is already installed and is not long enough to accommodate shimming, go to the hardware store and buy some galvanized "Allthread Connector Nuts" and extend them by adding the nuts and a length of galvanized allthread. You may have to open up the holes drilled for the J bolts in whatever you're bolting down, if you've already drilled them, if not, just use a larger drill bit to accommodate the nuts. Be sure to use a good automotive thread lock, like Permatex Threadlocker, or use two jam nuts on either side of the allthread connector nuts to make it permanent.

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