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jeff91 09-14-2006 12:16 PM

new deck
I would like to attach a deck to the front of our house. We have a 4' tall brick wall that the ledger board would attach to. Is this OK to attach to this short wall? Should I drill and achor to the brick wall or drill through the brick and attach to the rim joist. The deck will be at the same level as the inside floor and it's only going to be 6 feet deep. Thanks for any help!!

KUIPORNG 09-14-2006 01:50 PM

I will drill to the wall only, but then I will still put on stand post to support the deck rather than rely on the wall... as if there is no wall. the wall to me is for stablized the movement rather than support...

although I haven't done any deck, that's what I intend to do next spring for my backyard...

reasons... I don't like major damage to my wall... and I don't like further the heavy load onto to it from time to time... without proper stand post support....

AtlanticWBConst. 09-14-2006 05:44 PM

Do not attach to that brick wall. Brick and the mortar surrounding it ARE NOT strong enough, by any means to hold:

The dead load weight of the deck materials +
The Live load of the people that will be on it +
The weight of any furniture, grill, plants that you add +
Regular wet weather errosion on the brick and mortar = :no: Disaster.

You want to attach your deck ledger directly into the house's rim joist using lags or carriage bolts.
Additionally, drilling through that brick would not be a good idea, you would be placing a brittle material (which will erode with wet weather) between your home and your deck. You want solid material between your anchoring systems.

It is also possible to build the deck 'free standing' next to your house: By putting the deck supports all on concrete pier footings.

KUIPORNG 09-15-2006 07:25 AM

After thinking for it a bit, I agree with AtlanticWBConst, dont screw onto the bricks.. use free stand or screw all the way inside... for that, I probably use free stand in my case...

jeff91 09-15-2006 08:10 AM

thank you very much, that's what I needed to know.

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