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Old 07-02-2009, 07:35 PM   #16
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My suggestion is to start over. It's a small enough deck. There's just too much wrong with it, and from the look of the damage, I'd bet half the joists had at least some nail pulls. Insufficient ledger connection. Insufficient posts (should be 6x6 min). No rail caps. Is the far left corner resting on the retaining wall, or is there a post with a footing? Also, there's only one beam in there that I can see. And the wire mesh across the balusters screams "deck builder didn't know the code minimums, but luckily someone else did". It looks like a home made job. You can do better. Do a Google search for "Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide". That'll show you properly designed and sized deck features. If you're in the NJ, PA, DE area, I'll even come help.
You are so right! There is so much wrong with this deck that it would be impossible to repair it, as is!
One thing I notice is the balusters would not be acceptable where I live.
I'm left with the feeling that this deck was not built with a permit. I doubt that an inspector would accept its design.
I would think that the person who built this deck should be held responsible.

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:49 PM   #17
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Talk to your local Building Department, or the very least, visit their web site- for their requirements.

They may have one like this: http://www.palmertwp.com/code_docs/deck_details.pdf Notice a 10' deck as yours would need bolts every 8" -- two in every joist space with the 2006 code.
See what they require for your family's safety: http://www.nadra.org/industry_news/april07_woodbits.pdf

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Old 07-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I asked my building inspector to come and take a look, and he thinks lag bolts and a post on the corner will do the job. He made a couple other suggestions to strengthen the deck, but did not think a rebuild was required.

This is a very helpful site!! THANKS AGAIN!!

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