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Posted on 14x16' Deck build and design thoughts

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 08-20-2020 01:52 PM

One thing I’ve done with my posts that I really like is that I use 4×4” posts and then veneer them with 6 ” deck boards. It make the posts like a 6”, looks good, and I can extend them right up and along the sides of the desk supports underneath the joists. I noticed you have short boards for that. Sort of like it except they go all the way to the ground.
My last deck was 16×24’ and up off the ground like yours…. Lotsa fun for sure. I was 60 when I did it. Last one like that I think I’ll be doing.
I’m also a big fan of HeadLok screws for some framing. Easy and strong. search on HD site.

BTW…. some one mentioned supporting the deck on posts instead of connecting to the house…. When you get insurance they ask which method you used and want to hear that it’s connected to house, especially if it’s that high in the air.

And a bolt or couple of lag screws in the angled braces will be plenty strong. The pressure isn’t that much sheer. It follows the angle of the brace.

I have a nail gun so I use it. But screws, a lot more time consuming are plenty good too.

For anyone using 2x’s to attach railings on to posts. I’ve found that those long brown deck screws with tiny heads, at an angle hold really well, go in easy, and hardly show after.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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