Just use 20's and your good to go. :laughing: you don't know how many decks I tear down that are barely attached at the ledger. Funny thing is, it's usually 15 or 20 years old.Golden view said:F it, I'm just nailing the ledger with brights from now on
I've seen the same on a couple, the scariest ones are the second floor ones that have pots run at an angle back to the foundation, so an outward force is constantly applied to the ledger.Just use 20's and your good to go. :laughing: you don't know how many decks I tear down that are barely attached at the ledger. Funny thing is, it's usually 15 or 20 years old.
I know what you saying, bit I ignore all that none sense.Golden view said:Greg, I completely agree, as long as your definition of common sense is good and backed with knowledge (which I'm confident yours is). I have a special bitterness about that term because my first "big" job, a small starter house for a customer, had the clients' dad underfoot constantly. He always said building just took common sense, and constantly criticized my code compliant, standard practice methods, while a house right down the road he built had a few glaring structural issues and 10 code violations visible from the front porch. Classic overbuilt with a few weak links.
Go in through the rim joist itself. Any structural compromise due to a hole in the house rim joist would be more than made up for by the full length deck ledger 'band-aid' covering the hole.The solution? Someone out there needs to come up with a complete deck attachment system that solves the structural and weatherproofing problem, for new and remodel work, that doesn't require breaking into the inside of the house. Maybe it's out there, but I haven't seen it. It has to offer a real solution to the weatherproofing part of the problem.