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Old 03-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:34 AM   #2
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Toe nailing is fine, but check local code. Simpson does make connectors for that. Unless you are in seismic territory, not needed, IMHO.

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

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Old 03-17-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
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Under the 2009 Deck Code, toe-nails only if deck is attached to house, pp.7; http://www.lancova.com/deckinfo.pdf

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

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