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Old 01-26-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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Suggestions on deck for swingset


I started a rather large swing set last fall.
I have the swing section done, I want to jump and get the deck section done this spring.

So I have a 16'x16' deck section ( I said it was big!)

When I left off last fall...
Every 8 foot I have a 4x6 buried 4 foot in cement.

I then went around the 16' perimeter with 2x6 carriage bolted through the 4x6's

In the spring I was planning on laying 16 foot 4x6's every 16 inches
I am not really how to tie these into the existing wood I have.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 AM   #2
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notch them about 1 inch to sit on the 2x6 and use 8" panel screws (pre-drill them).

got a picture?
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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If this is an unsupported span of 16', then 2x6's are too small. If you could install a mid span support, that would work.
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4 x 6's are mentioned for the 16 ft span
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4 x 6's are mentioned for the 16 ft span
The 4x6's are vertical posts(" Every 8 foot I have a 4x6 buried 4 foot in cement.") and the implication I read was that they were only around the perimeter.
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The 4x6" supports are 8 foot in all directions.
So I do have midspan support.

The longest span in any direction without support is 8'.

I was planning on just putting 2x6's in with joist hangers.
But this would then mean I have a few 2x6's that are unsupported.

I think I need to get some photos...
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:54 AM   #7
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I sketched something up now.

The posts are 4x6 cemented into the ground.
8 foot apart. The total square is 16 foot X 16 foot

The bottom boards are 2x6 that are lag bolted to the 4x6

I thought I could just add additional 2x6 on 16" centers to start the deck.
But I think I need another layer of 2x6's?

Any suggestions?
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The 2x6's are actually drilled and carriage bolted. Not lag bolted.
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Is this attached to the house or anything else ?
Are you now putting a roof on ?
Or will people be walking on top of this ?



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This is a playground.
There is an a-frame swing set attached to one side of it.

There will be the floor, a second level with floor (for the slides and stuff)

And a simple roof
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You would need to put beams across to support the floor joists for 2nd floor
Then the floor joists would sit on top of the beams
Best way is to notch the 4x6 posts
Not sure what size the beams need to be



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I understand that.
I am wondering about the 1st floor now.

Do I use the existing 2x6 for beams? Or do I just start putting 2x6' between the existing. But then I would have 16 foot spans of un-supported 2x6's
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Is this directly on the ground ?
I put old cement patio block under my free standing deck for support
I only had a 12' span

If you have support on the outer edges & under the middle wood
Then put in 8' 2x6's between those as the joists
IE they would be running right to left in the pic



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