Should I just lag bolt the ledger to the rim, or should I reinforce the rim joist with say a simpson strongtie htt4, and carriage bolt, and cut some cats to attach it? It seems that if there were a lot of people on the deck it could potentially rip the rim joist off the house.new deck

1st fl frame

  • Assuming there is no significant cantilever force (and there doesn't appear to be), isn't all the strain shear rather than tension? – bib Dec 31 '18 at 14:12
  • I'm sure most of it is. I'm more of a plumber than a carpenter, but I've built a few decks in my time. I'm wondering if I'm just being a worry wort about this. – SkottyG Dec 31 '18 at 14:24
  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. I won't be able to answer this in any case, but I expect those that could would benefit from some dimensions, either in your drawing or in your text. – Daniel Griscom Dec 31 '18 at 15:22

Just don't exceed maximum overhang which it sounds & looks like what you are referring to?. Load beams must be ON POSTS, not hanging from them. From diagram and the height of deck what you have is not to code..imminent failure that will eventually happen. Study up and do it the right way sir.

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