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Old 10-19-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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No rim joist for ledger board.

Currently in the process of installing a set of wood steps over the remains of a set of demolished concrete steps that lead up to our porch. The problem being that there is no rim joist to attach a ledger board to. On the other side of this double-stacked brick wall is the inside of the garage, but there is no access to the ends of the joists (without tearing down parts of the masonry inside). All that was covering the ends of these joists was a piece of 1" thick fascia board (nailed into ends of joists). Trying to get some ideas on how we can secure a ledger board for the stringers. Obviously the outer masonry is not going to hold anything. The steps will be about 4' wide.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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Pressure treated 2 X 12 around the whole porch using 6" long decking screws in counter bored holes in the stair area screwed into the joist tails and 3" ceramic coated decking screws for the rest, then cover all of it with composit fashia board to cover up the exposed pressure treated is the way I would do it.
You may find your going to have some issues with the way you tryed to cover over that old porch with 5/4 decking.
It's never going to be able to dry out so you may end up with cupping and mold. As it does try and dry out it may snap off or at least loosen the fastners.


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I would install a self stick rubber membrane under the 2x12 treated. So the joist ends do not rot out.
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