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Reinforcement for Ledger Board on Bearing Wall

The 2x4 ledger is sufficient to support your 2x8 joists, but it needs 4 or 5 16d common nails per stud at 16" on center to be able to carry the load if it is only carrying the floor load and no roof ...
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What size of posts do I need for an 8' by 10' woodshed?

Either will work. They'll both hold up a conventional roof of that size without issue. Your concern is more a matter of diagonal bracing, especially if the posts won't be in the ground.
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Deck ledger flashing options

Typically, an aluminum or galvanized "z flashing" as you called it, would be installed under the siding, over the top of the ledger and down the upper lip a little. Decking is installed on ...
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Can I install Slate Ledger stone panels over drywall?

I would be concerned about putting that much over all weight on drywall. Even though it may be supported by the floor. The facing on drywall is only paper. When the thinset is applied, the paper will ...
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Attaching a deck ledger to the concrete pad of a detached garage

Attaching ledger boards to a steel reinforced reasonably thick (12” or more) concrete pad is standard practice in deck construction. Use 4 1/2” concrete anchors 18” apart in a zig zag pattern - per ...
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Can I attach a freestanding deck to concrete block garage wall?

The fact is that your deck's weight load must be carried underneath it and not using the cinder blocks supporting your garage. That does not limit you from attaching it to the garage to provide ...
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Backer board bowing on 24" inch steel studs for rock ledger panel installation

This question is either subjective (based on opinion and personal standards of quality) or is a warranty issue. In either case it's probably off-topic. That said, here are my thoughts. Yes, adhering ...
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Can beams be up against a post base like this?

There is nothing wrong with this from an architectural standpoint. Honestly you should only have tied in framework touching the support posts. Meaning here - if the footing heaves, the ledger is ...
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Is it okay if my ledger board overlaps my foundation wall?

It's only a problem to the extent that you're hanging common joists on the unsupported portion of the ledger and therefore relying on the integrity of the woodgrain. If your joist hangers only attach ...
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Do I really need a ledger board attached to the house for a deck?

There is nothing in the Building Code that requires a deck be attached to the house. However, if it is, then the Code requires at least two steel straps near the ends of the deck and attached to the ...
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How should I hang joists that are supposed to be doubled, but that will sit over the joining of two boards?

If I understand your question correctly, the problem is that the green highlighted double joist is going to land on the joint between your two boards making up the 22' ledger attached to the house. I ...
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Reinforcement for Ledger Board on Bearing Wall

In case someone finds this question later, MiTek (who makes USP hangers and ties, similar to Simpson), has a technical bulletin illustrating the screw placement and minimum clearances for different 2x ...
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Do I really need a ledger board attached to the house for a deck?

I've built two decks like this. One I did pt-6x6 posts epoxy bolted into the basement concrete wall. This was pseudo free standing as the posts are attached to the house. The PSL beam that sits on ...
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Deck ledger flashing options

If the new ledger is pressure-treated, you shouldn't have to worry too much about it rotting any time soon. Butt the deck boards up against your masonry foundation wall and run a good bead of exterior ...
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What size of posts do I need for an 8' by 10' woodshed?

I have built 3 sheds using two 2X4 at each corner ( two were 8' X 12', one was 8' X 16' and 2 stories). I used 2 X 4 on 16" centers and 1/2 " plywood walls. None fell down or blew away. All were set ...
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Can beams be up against a post base like this?

Structurally this is a marginal installation. Those are Simpson A35 Angles (clips). They have an allowable load of between 510 lbs. and 600 lbs. each depending on the species and grade of the beam. ...
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Deck stairs pulling apart and railing wobbly

Hard to tell whether you have screws or nails holding everything together right now. It is either nails - which can, relatively easily, come apart, or screws which can come apart but not as easily. ...
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Nailing a joist hanger to ledger with concrete behind

There are shorter nails, but there are also short screws available. I'd go with the screws every time. For example these are made by Simpson and fully approved for use with their hangers. Note that ...
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Nailing a joist hanger to ledger with concrete behind

Joist hangers resist loads in shear, not withdrawal. While a 16d is more common, full resistance is developed in a 2x. Simpson Strong-Tie makes a short nail that is 1 1/2” long x 9 ga. diameter. Oh, ...
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ledger for ceiling joist

Your design (2x10’s at 12” oc spanning 20’-8”) will support about 38 lbs. per square foot for #2s and about 55 lbs. per square foot for #1s, depending on the species. (I used Douglas Fir-Larch.) I’m ...
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Ledger for Exterior Stairs - Attach to Existing Wood or Remove and Add Ledger

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.
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How to Pocket joist into double Wythe solid Brick wall?

The reason the Code does not approve pocket installation of joists and beams is because it is difficult, if not impossible, to install hangers properly in pockets. Joists, and especially beams, need ...
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How can I waterproof wall sheathing along concrete steps?

Well, you aren't going to keep all the water out. The builder should've applied a water barrier before pouring the concrete. You'll have to decide whether the sheathing is degraded enough that you ...
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How do I repair deck sloping on one side of the house?

I had a deck where the rim joist bowed out, and the cross joists came unattached. I used two car jacks to get everything back up to level to be reassembled and use proper joist hangers. Safety tip, ...
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Band board in contact with ground- how to waterproof?

If it's properly treated for ground contact, "do nothing" works just fine. Entire foundations are made of properly pressure-treated wood.
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Where is the ledger supposed to attach to the rim joist?

I think I'd get an engineer involved and design some steel plates to be bolted to the ends of your joists. I'd then use appropriately heavy 2x4 joist hangers on a half-height ledger. It would look ...
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What is the recommended way of attaching ledgers to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

DAGS for SIP ledger detail, e.g. http://www.extremepanel.com/Details/PDF/EP-120.pdf - if you have enough info about the house to know who made the panels, look for info specific to (or from) them, .vs....
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Attaching a deck ledger to the concrete pad of a detached garage

You want to attach the ledger to the edge of a concrete pad? Sounds like a terrible idea to me. It's possible that an engineer could have designed a way to carry the load through the pad and into ...
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Floor joist attachment improvements in presence of existing ledger?

Simpson makes brackets that can be attached with joist hanger nails that are NOT joist hangers; I have them on the ends of my stair stringers. Most likley the: L/LS/GA Reinforcing and Skewable ...
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