I'm building an awning along the side of a barn. The outside cross beam is two separate sections that butt over the center post. The post is a 6x6. I'm wondering if I can use 4 through bolts (two in each beam) and if so what size.
I'm concerned about being too close to the ends of the beam and edges of the post as there is only 3'' of each beam resting on the post. I've used (2) 3/4'' bolts on all the other post/beam connections. Can/should I size these down for the post that has both sections of beam resting on it?