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Old 06-10-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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My house has balloon type framing at the sill plate. There is no rim joist and the studs go all the way to the sill plate. I want to attach the ledger to the sill plate and the studs as depicted. Before I fly this by the building inspector, is this idea acceptable?
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Do you have access to the wall cavities to drop some 4X blocks in there?

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Are you sure you want a ledger attachment instead of a "free-standing" or propped deck?

Some areas do not allow ledger attachment or do a very serious look at the possible leakage and moisture potebtial.

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I thought of a free standing deck but the idea of doubling the number of holes I need to dig (from 4 to 8) ... ugh... Just to give you an idea, I jumped on the shovel and it only scratched the earth.
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I thought of a free standing deck but the idea of doubling the number of holes I need to dig (from 4 to 8) ... ugh... Just to give you an idea, I jumped on the shovel and it only scratched the earth.
Thatís what they make "Picks" for.

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It may depend on the jurisdiction!
Where I live, I was allowed to attach the ledger for the roof to the wall studs using 1/2" lag bolts.
In my case, the ledger was near the top of the stud, whereas yours is near the bottom.
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Are you sure you want a ledger attachment instead of a "free-standing" or propped deck?

Some areas do not allow ledger attachment or do a very serious look at the possible leakage and moisture potebtial.

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Alright if I need to dig more holes, so be it.
Free standing decks will need to be attached to the house using a ledger anyway. Am I wrong? This is from the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (Figure 23).
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How far off the ground are you ?
On another thread someone said to put blocking across between the studs & bolt/lag to the blocking
Very tough, rocky soil here too
I lucked out digging my 1st hole, only a few rocks
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The deck will be about 40" off the ground.
It's not so much the rocks, although those are a challenge as well, the soil is rock hard as soon as you get through the top layer.
The post you are referring to, about the blocking, is above. To be honest, I don't know how that would be structurally different than lagging to the studs.
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Taking apart inside walls would be a pain too
I'd run the ledger into the studs past the building Inspector before digging more holes
Might save you some work

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