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    Default Deck post & beam connection question

    I looked over the AWCs DCA guide for decks, but couldn't find any guidance for whether or not this is a problem. The post to beam connection pages do not have directions for a rim joist and floor joist bearing together on a structural post. It looks problematic to me, but I am not positive. Any guidance?

    I plan to note that the post is substantially checked and I couldn't see the footers. The deck is attached to the house with a ledger board, but I'm sure the footings are inadequate, its a three story deck!

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Deck post & beam connection question

    Quote Originally Posted by cliff kornegay View Post
    I looked over the AWCs DCA guide for decks, but couldn't find any guidance for whether or not this is a problem. The post to beam connection pages do not have directions for a rim joist and floor joist bearing together on a structural post. It looks problematic to me, but I am not positive. Any guidance?

    I plan to note that the post is substantially checked and I couldn't see the footers. The deck is attached to the house with a ledger board, but I'm sure the footings are inadequate, its a three story deck!

    Thanks in advance!
    Cliff,

    Looks like a nice old-fashioned joist connection. When I see something like this, I generally make a comment about the lack of framing hardware and recommend installation of appropriate hardware. I try not to be too specific because I am not an engineer or designer. I will nudge them toward the Simpson Strong-Tie sight which has all kinds of helpful information regarding deck construction.

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    Default Re: Deck post & beam connection question

    Maybe that what I should call it, old fashioned!

    I always try to stay away from giving engineering advice, but if there is a reference that can give some guidance, I'll cite the information.

    I've even got the new IRC guide on deck construction and I couldn't find an example of this connection.

    Structurally speaking, I'm probably more concerned that I can't the see the footings for this deck, because I know the posts are 4 inches away from a retaining wall. I'm fairly certain that the 45 degree area of deflection is broken up by the retaining wall.


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