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Old 09-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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Hi guys, long weekend and made some progress on the deck but was too tired to to take pics. Its amazing how long it takes to square up the deck. 3 4 5 rule does work though!

This is a ground deck and if i were to do this again i would spend more time to make sure all the piers were level. Now I'm spending alot of time shimming the post bases to level them out. Where Im running into the issue is where the shims are small enough to cause the bracket only about inch to the holes of the bracket (see pic). I had to shim it up about an inch and you can see there the original holes are. What I'm thinking is tapping new holes in the bracket but is that ok? Or is there a better solution?

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Really? I see the picture fine.

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I don't see your problem. Looks to me like you can nail through all three holes and hit wood. But your explanation is confusing, so maybe I'm just not understanding.
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Yea I see pic now. I don't really see the issue. Are you saying the holes are too close to the edge??
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Make me appreciate my self leveling lazar level.
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You'll be fine. Nail it up and move on. Make sure to use simpson nails.
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Ok so the pic doesn't show it great but it's about 1/2 in from edge so I'm worried about splitting.

What if the holes would be exactly at the point where the shim and the beam meet? I might have that in my next one.
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What is the model number of the brackets are you using?
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It's the 4x4 post base ABA44Z
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Hmm...I think that had I messed up
my elevations that bad , I'd think about
maybe notching the beam slightly on
the high ones and shimming a little on
the low ones. Kinda average it out.

I don't know what your beam spans are
(post to post) but you're using 2x12's and
a small notch may not hurt strength.

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I think in this case I would only nail through the top two holes with Simpson Strongtie 16d nails. It's basically just playing the part of a hurricane tie.
How are you attaching the shims?
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I think in this case I would only nail through the top two holes with Simpson Strongtie 16d nails. It's basically just playing the part of a hurricane tie.
How are you attaching the shims?
Ok. The shims are not being attached to the beam. The beam is resting on the shim so thought the weight would be sufficient. No?
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Maybe this is a better pic - I'm less than 1 inch from the bottom of the beam.

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I would figure out the exact shim thickness and make the shim 2-3 " longer than the width of post base (so the post base is 3.5", make the shim 5.5" - 6.5"). Screw the shim to the bottom of the beam before you nail the beam off to the base. The added length will make sure that the nails don't get too crowded.

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