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Old 05-12-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Deck building question

I'm going to be replacing our front porch/deck soon and I cannot find a any details about what I need to do in regards to support.

I have a book and have done lots of reading online but any deck example always shows one side anchored to the house, and the opposite side supported by a beam.

I'm going to be anchoring two sides to the house and a beam just doesn't seem to get me more support than simply having two posts using concrete piers supporting the outside corner that is unsupported.

Any insight?
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:14 PM   #2
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a pic says a thousand words, if you could post some pics that would help. As well a better description would be helpful. ie: length, width, height.

I would use a corner pier and a center pier if longer than an 7 foot span.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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So your deck will be on an inside corner of the building? If that's the case then you will need a beam with one end of it attached to the house. You can use either a beam hanger or a beam pocket to make that connection. The other end of the beam would be supported by a post.

Decks always need a beam to support the ends of the joists, you can't just throw a post under the deck joists. Well you can but it's not correct, wouldn't pass a building inspection anyway.
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