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I'm adding steps to the exterior of my house. I know the steps need to be attached to a ledger. However, I cannot decide what the white piece of wood that is already there:

  • Is it a ledger without the bolts; thus, I just need to add the bolts?
  • Is it just a cover that I need to pry off (it's nailed in pretty good)?
  • Can I just attach the stair hangers to?

Existing Wood

  • Is it possible to get a wider shot so we can see what's above it? If there's a door above it the white piece could be a part of the frame. – yetanothercoder Jun 5 '18 at 11:47
  • The white piece is about 6 to 8 inches tall and it’s a sliding glass door above it. The sliding glass door has a wooden fence in front of it. I’ll post a larger picture when I get a chance. – kevindaub Jun 5 '18 at 11:51
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The board is a fascia board, which hides the rim joist. It's only nailed or screwed in. I need to remove it, so I can attach the ledger.

  • If you have direct access to the rim joist, a ledger isn't necessarily required. As long as everything is flashed appropriately for water drainage, you may fasten your deck joists directly to the rim joist. – isherwood Jun 13 '18 at 20:50

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