Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction


Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-05-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 249
Share |

Deck Questions

Here's my deck

Couple questions:

1) We can feel a bit of sway on the top deck when the kids are running around. Can I add some bracing/gussets to the posts to stiffen it up a bit?

2) The lower deck has posts on deck blocks that have been buried in the dirt and are rotting pretty badly. You might also notice the lack of railings. Would I be able to tie into the upper deck posts (front/rear plates, joist hangers...?) instead? Would this also serve to stiffen up the top deck?

Thanks in advance for any opinions,


burnt03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #2
jlhaslip's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canadian Rockies
Posts: 1,280

Deck Questions

Indeed, knee braces at the posts will help, but also, diagonal bracing between joists will also assist in removing the swaying you feel now.
Start the diagonal bracing at the house and run it on a 45 degree angle towards the outer rim joist. One line in each direction would be best.

Originally Posted by Bud Cline View Post
Go ahead and apply for a variance, those guys at City Hall can use a good laugh.
jlhaslip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 249

Deck Questions

Thanks jlhaslip,

Are you talking a single board on the bottom surface of the joists running diagonally?

Anyone else with any thoughts on whether I can tie the bottom deck into the posts for the top deck? If it's ok, would I be better off sistering an extended joist on or running new?
burnt03 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deck Staining Nightmare steven994 Painting 6 04-06-2014 09:10 PM
Floating deck questions DIYguy2000 Building & Construction 6 04-23-2010 10:59 AM
Leaking deck flashing questions....help! Oxymoron Building & Construction 6 01-03-2010 09:54 PM
Building a new deck....and creative uses of granite scrap in outdoor living space Rhizzlebop Building & Construction 9 05-15-2009 11:17 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.