(Many) change of plans


Old 09-22-02, 08:56 AM
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(Many) change of plans

I got the permit, dug the holes, delivered the lumber for my 14x16 freestanding deck that was to butt against the house.

Now, I find out that the deck must be attached to the house. My plans have the 2 beams running perpendicular to the house.

I have not yet poured the concrete for my footings. Any suggestions on how I can attach the deck to the house that will also keep the inspector happy??
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Old 09-22-02, 09:59 AM
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Old 09-22-02, 09:39 PM
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Since when does a deck "HAVE" to be attached to a house? I build 8 or 10 freestanding decks every year. In fact, if the deck is near a mobile home, it HAS to be freestanding -- it CANNOT be attached. (At least, not be attached and still meet code -- at least not in CA!)

If you have an approved set of plans to build a freestanding deck, call the inspector on it. He does not have the authority to make you change the plans to suit his desires.
Old 09-23-02, 04:54 AM
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A freestanding deck is the way to go, and is a structurally sound method is preferred over attaching to a ledger. Like Lefty said, call the inspector and get some code clarification.

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