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Posted on 14x16' Deck build and design thoughts

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#1 posted 08-20-2020 02:13 AM

Sorry. I cut my comments short because dinner was served.

It sounds like you ve studied up on this, but I was wondering whether it s best to support the edge of the deck as you have shown by connecting to the house or if would be better to have the deck free standing.

I have a nailer and would use it for the sake of speed.

Screws might be better for the deck boards unless you use grooved boards and concealed clips. I think straight nails have a tendency to pop up. Spiral nails driven by a nailer I think are another option.

You will get more answers on a construction forum. Lumberjocks is more of a furniture making kind of site.

- Ocelot

Freestanding (per irc code) requires cross braces at every post in addition to the braces being larger and set farther out. If you are trying to maximize the open space and not block the view or natural light freestanding its not the ideal way to go.

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