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gpolkin 03-16-2011 11:49 PM

Deck joist to beam connections
I am building a deck with 2x8 joists that span two beams. The deck will be no more than 20 inches off the ground.

I know I need hangers to connect the joists to the house but is there a problem with just toe nailing the joists to the beams they are resting on. If you recommend a hanger or bracket instead what kind and why? Thanks in advance for your help.

Just Bill 03-17-2011 06:34 AM

Toe nailing is fine, but check local code. Simpson does make connectors for that. Unless you are in seismic territory, not needed, IMHO.

tcleve4911 03-17-2011 08:08 AM

Toe-nailing is fine
Just do a nice job of it

Gary in WA 03-17-2011 04:04 PM

Under the 2009 Deck Code, toe-nails only if deck is attached to house, pp.7;

No built-up beams on outside of posts, perimeter close-fastening end, rim joists through decking, etc.


pjordan4477 03-17-2011 04:29 PM

no more than 20" off the ground...go floating deck, way faster construction.

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