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Old 06-14-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hello, I am a decking rookie. I am juist trying to get my head around a few things as I make my plans. I am building a 24 x 14 deck approximately 2 feet off the ground. I am not sure what would be better, a ledger or posts for the part of the deck along the house. About 10 feet of the deck would not be against the house and will require a post on the end. Any advice is greatly appreciated

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Old 06-15-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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Ledger is fine. I usually install ledgers simply because its a pain trying to get an auger close enough to the house. When you drill into the house for the lag bolts make sure you drill into the brick and not the mortar. Also, fill the holes with silicone caulk before installing the anchors.

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hello to all, I am new to this forum and trying to figure it out. I am also a rookie when it comes to building decks but I am going to give it a go this summer. I am currently in the planning stage. By deck will be approx 24 feet by 14 feet with a height no higher then two feet. My question is if I should put in a ledger or have posts parallel to the house? The 24 foot side runs along the house but only about 15 feet of that will be against the house. Therefore I will have to have at least one post on the end not touching the wall if I went with the ledger. Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks.

thanks for your reply. This may seem like a stupid question but the majority of my ledger would be in the foundation, Is that ok? I appreciate the advice.
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yes, that's fine. Same rules apply if it's block foundation
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I just installed my deck that is about 18 inches off the ground and i made it a floating deck. it is 16x20. I'll get some pictures up but you can hardly tell there is no ledger. Ledger would work too though.
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Did you use the pier blocks or did you set your posts in concrete?
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CMAC---Ledgers are definitely the first choice--Proper flashing is critical if attaching to any wood structure.

One consideration --TAXES and CODES--In our area a deck is taxed at a lower rate if the thing is free standing and not touching the house---Duh!!!!


In most areas(but not all) posts can not be cast in a concrete filled hole--The post must sit on top of a pier.

Do check these items before you get to far into your planning---the cost of a pier is more than post in hole.

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CMAC---Ledgers are definitely the first choice--Proper flashing is critical if attaching to any wood structure.

One consideration --TAXES and CODES--In our area a deck is taxed at a lower rate if the thing is free standing and not touching the house---Duh!!!!



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Good points for sure
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Did you use the pier blocks or did you set your posts in concrete?
Sorry, was out of town. I used posts in concrete! But as mentioned above, check your local codes.
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I think I am going to go with the floating deck. I was wondering with the floating deck so close to the ground (about a 18 inches) should I use post caps for setting the beams on top of the posts or should I sandwich the beams around the posts? Any advice is appreciated.
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http://www.lancova.com/deckinfo.pdf

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I sandwhiched 2x8 onto the posts, Had to dig the beams a little in order to fit the 2x8 joists on top of them but all in all, it came out good.

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