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Old 05-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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My measurements on my deck are all the same except my diagonal any ideas
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You're kidding, right? "Rack" it some till you no longer have a parallelgram, and the two diagonals read the same. (Shove the corner of the longest measurement toward the shortest.)
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How far are you out?
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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I have post set joist will be resting on a beam .Could I rack it on the beam ?
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Four inches
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Split the difference. Using Pythagorean theorem, you should be able to find out what the correct measurement should be.
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I've always found to make one side as a designated straight side( usually the house side) and then try and square everything off that side. temporary bracing helps as a save the day approach to fully racking a deck to square
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try this .... http://www.construction-resource.com...uare-forms.php
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I've always found to make one side as a designated straight side( usually the house side) and then try and square everything off that side. temporary bracing helps as a save the day approach to fully racking a deck to square

I can attest to the challenges of trying to square the whole deck. I needed to move the beam/post end of my 10' by 19' deck a 1/4 inch to square it up. Took me half an hour doing it by myself.
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I can attest to the challenges of trying to square the whole deck. I needed to move the beam/post end of my 10' by 19' deck a 1/4 inch to square it up. Took me half an hour doing it by myself.

when working on deck/framing I am always 2 steps away from a 2x4 to use as a pry board to move something heavy around if needed. I worked with a guy who always nailed 2xs onto something and then pivoted off of the nails to raise/move stuff. there were constantly nails to be pulled/cut sticking out of stuff where he yanked the pivot board off and the nails stayed
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why?

unless you built it out of welded steel/iron, it will move/expand/contract unevenly (especially within the first year).

welders get things square, carpenters get things close.

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I can attest to the challenges of trying to square the whole deck. I needed to move the beam/post end of my 10' by 19' deck a 1/4 inch to square it up. Took me half an hour doing it by myself.
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why?

unless you built it out of welded steel/iron, it will move/expand/contract unevenly (especially within the first year).

welders get things square, carpenters get things close.

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unless you built it out of welded steel/iron, it will move/expand/contract unevenly (especially within the first year).

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Where did you get that from? I can assure you everything I have ever bilt is as square as the day I framed it.
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I remember my brothers and brother-laws built a cabin in the mid 80's. We spent a lot of time getting the sill plate square. The running joke is that cabin is the squarest structure in the county.
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I have post set joist will be resting on a beam .Could I rack it on the beam ?
NO! You never build anything on something that is not flat, level, and/or square (if it is supposed to be) and hope to make it right later by shifting something built upon the defective base.

Do each step correctly BEFORE moving on to the next one.
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