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Old 06-05-2019, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hello,

Has anyone here ever used one of the Maine Deck Brackets? It looks like a nice product. I have a 2x10 rim and I'm trying to figure out where to mount the bracket. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what size 2x I should use for the ledger? Also, do I assume that the decking is going to be 1" thick so that I can calculate the height of the deck landing? And what is a common height difference between the deck surface and the door threshold? I know it typically is a little lower.

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Hello,

Has anyone here ever used one of the Maine Deck Brackets? It looks like a nice product. I have a 2x10 rim and I'm trying to figure out where to mount the bracket. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what size 2x I should use for the ledger? Also, do I assume that the decking is going to be 1" thick so that I can calculate the height of the deck landing? And what is a common height difference between the deck surface and the door threshold? I know it typically is a little lower.

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Read their FAQs. If you're using lag bolts, they have to go into 6 inches of solid wood. Preferred is carriage bolts through bolted.

I suggest you download a copy of the deck design guide to guide you through designing and building this.

https://www.awc.org/pdf/codes-standa...Guide-1405.pdf
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Areas with heavy snow may have the deck 6 inches below the interior floor.

With no other considerations, deck floor is set at the same height as the interior floor surface.
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Hello,

Has anyone here ever used one of the Maine Deck Brackets?

No idea what they are or how you use them

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what size 2x I should use for the ledger?

At least as wide as your joists

Also, do I assume that the decking is going to be 1" thick so that I can calculate the height of the deck landing?

All depends on what kind of decking you intend to use.

And what is a common height difference between the deck surface and the door threshold? I know it typically is a little lower.

I prefer flush w/threshold/finish floor.

Snow country 6" drop


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I think dropping the deck a few inches, regardless of code,in snowy/rainy climates is good practice to help prevent wind driven rain and ice etc from getting under the door. Typically 3" is what I've seen here.

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