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Old 05-28-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Freestanding deck has some lateral movement?


This is my 3rd freestanding deck build. This was built next to a previously installed freestanding deck. It is an L shape around a 24' above ground pool. Located in KY. Looked up frost depth only e and was 24" so we went about 28" and put couple inches gravel with 10" tubes. 4x4 posts, double 2x10 beams set on top, 2x8 joists 24" o.c. w/ 2x6 decking. Beam span is 7' o.c., and smaller side less than that. Joist spam 6' o.c. and 4' o.c. Hurricane ties used on every joist to beam connection. Post height is only around 23" and less. One side is about 5'x16 and then perpendicular side is around 9'x18'.
Figured the decking would tie everything together but uncle says it still has some movement. I'm not there to fauve the movement. Don't remember having toouch movement with my previous builds and they werent built as stout as this one. Im thinking it is freestanding and some movement is normal. I'm thinking he is manually trying to cause movement not simply walking upon.
Should try to add some more lateral bracing? Opinions?
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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Post some pictures.
Did you double through bolt the rim joist to the post?

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:36 AM   #3
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Don't know what you're meaning?
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If talking about railing posts they're not installed yet but will be double lag screwed and blocking installed to double rim and header joist where post will attach.
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Whenever possible through bolt, not lag screw, far stronger.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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But is it going to affect any movement?
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But is it going to affect any movement?
Of the deck itself not the railing that is!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #8
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Guess he tied the posts together with 2x6's and solved it.
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