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amcinnis1 06-08-2012 10:25 PM

Unique deck question
I am helping or shall I say trying to design a freind their deck and help build it. The have an existing inground pool. They want their flat low deck to come from 15' from their yard toward the pool and overlap the concrete (2' 6") and go to the pool edge. I have no choice but to use 2x6's due to it being close to ground level. I also will use 6x6 post embeded 3' in concrete pier in the ground for support. I plan on shaving 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" off each side of the 6x6 post and bolting 2, 2x6 beams/joist to them on each side. Concrete and post supports will be 8' apart and 16" apart on each side for the decking. This deck will also have only one square side, all other sides will be different angles from 5* to 70* to finish the rest of the 180* lesf over of a square.

Should the supporting system be sufficient enough to support the deck extending 2' 6" and 3/4" over the concrete next to the pool. The total run of decking over the existing concrete pool decking will be 24'.

wkearney99 06-09-2012 07:59 AM

You don't have your location set in your profile, so we don't know where you're located. In some places you might have to be concerned about winter weather issues. You can set it in the Location field on this page:

What does your local municipal permitting department require for decks like this? Fencing requirements around pools is the first thing that comes to mind. And are you planning on resting on top of the concrete surrounding the pool, or cantilevering over it? Given that you need a railing next to the pool and that it's likely to be a point getting a lot of weight on it (from people looking at the pool, or worse, jumping in from the railing) I'd be careful there.

Daniel Holzman 06-09-2012 08:31 AM

You don't state whether you are planning to get a permit. If so, you are almost certainly going to have to design to the standards of the local building code, which is commonly the International Residential Code in the United States, but then again, you could be anywhere. If you design to code, the sizing of structural elements, the connections, the dimensions, the rail requirements, and a lot else is pretty well set forth in the code, you just follow it. Of course, you can vary from code, but that generally requires an architect or engineer to design the deck and stamp the plans.

wkearney99 06-09-2012 10:53 AM

And remember, friendships go right out the window when lawsuits over injuries or deaths develop. Officially engineered plans and registered permits go a long way toward heading off calamities.

amcinnis1 06-09-2012 05:40 PM

That is true.

Tham 06-12-2012 09:52 PM

^This is all great advice. At the very least talk to your Building Inspector. This could be a very libel situation.


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