Joists installation

Old 06-23-03, 02:39 PM
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Joists installation

I need some advice. What is the best practice for the installation of joists for a new deck. The deck is going to be 16' x 12', approx 2' above ground. I have heard both haging the joists between the girders or have the joists resting on top of the girders. In my mind they both would work, but having them on top of the girders would be stronger. Is this the only disadvantage/advantage???? Look for some feedback????
Old 06-23-03, 06:52 PM
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Just use galvanized joist hangers.
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Let the joists sit on top of the girders -- it's STRONGER.
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Both answers are right on!! Major question is how much room do you have? This usually determines the reason to do it one way or the other. Your 2' seems fine BUT depending beam size and joists, they start to add up, to at least 20" as an example. You may want to use joist hangers unless you like digging out to give yourself more room!

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