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Old 07-04-2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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I know about and understand deflection robbie, just because it may always exist doesn’t mean you can or should be able to feel it.

If you want to include “ a bouncy deck is perfectly normal” in your pitch that’s up to you, it won’t happen in my world though because there will be no bounce to explain away.
I can make a deck with 0 deflection if someone wants to pay for it, but it's just plain dumb. It's a waste of beams, footings, joists, etc. I would put 50 bucks down any day that I can make your decks deflect. So don't act like you're something special. Unless you make a regular habit of making your decks with double 2x12s at 12" o.c with a span no bigger than 8' but that's just stupid.

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Didn't mean to start a fight. But thanks for digging depper with the responses robertcdf. One thing...my ledger and beam are perfect - no mold, rot and are perfectly level. so I was wondering your thoughts on just using the trex joists with the existing ledger and beam? that would reduce cost and labor I think.
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Didn't mean to start a fight. But thanks for digging depper with the responses robertcdf. One thing...my ledger and beam are perfect - no mold, rot and are perfectly level. so I was wondering your thoughts on just using the trex joists with the existing ledger and beam? that would reduce cost and labor I think.
Why would you weaken the 2 most critical connections of your deck? Besides that replacing the ledger at a later date would be near impossible without taking the entire deck apart. I would never even think about it. Btw Trex is not the only steel available, I certainly wouldn't be paying their prices...
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Yeah. Good point. And i bought trex decking already. I guess i could mix the framework with another brand? Any recommendations?

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