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Old 06-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Ok so I thought a deck would be nice to have on our lot. I decided a platform freestanding would be easy. How hard could it be? right? Well I framed a 2x612x16' start of a deck using deck blocks. I plan on supporting the deck with 20 deck blocks. I put in 4-16' beams spaced about 2.5' apart. this is the dilemma. I believed I spaced the beams too far apart. I was going to block the beams ( mind you thats the only construction lingo that i know) with spacers to sturdy the deck. My contractor say there is too much space between the beams which is potentially hazardous. So my question to you all is am I on the right path or do I need to start over? How many beams do I need for a 12 x16 deck? how far should they be spaced? Is there an alternative solution then to start over? This is a cry for help.


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Old 06-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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Ok so I thought a deck would be nice to have on our lot. I decided a platform freestanding would be easy. How hard could it be? right? Well I framed a 12x16 start of a deck using deck blocks. I plan on supporting the deck with 20 deck blocks. I put in 4-16' beams spaced about 2.5' apart. this is the dilemma. I believed I spaced the beams too far apart. I was going to block the beams ( mind you thats the only construction lingo that i know) with spacers to sturdy the deck. So my question to you all is am I on the right path or do I need to start over? How many beams do I need for a 12 x16 deck? how far should they be spaced? Is there an alternative solution then to start over? This is a cry for help.
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Not even sure what your talking about.
By beams do you really mean joist? If you meant joist they should have been 16" on center.
And 2 X 6's will be under sized. There going to sag and bounce.
You really need to do far more research before doing any more work.
A simple deck building book from HD or Lowes may help.
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No offence, your deck building lingo is mixed up. a picture will possibly describe much more.. thanks
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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She's trying to use these deck blocks they're really kind of garbage in my opinion but they can be ok for a small NON attached deck. I wouldn't be caught dead using them as they are designed for the most basic of DIY.
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