Patio Post Spacing

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Old 05-14-12, 10:29 AM
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Patio Post Spacing

I am attempting to build a covered patio. My question is, if I use 4x6 post for the corners and 2 4x6 posts in the middle at 11' apart, would that be suffice for a patio 33' long?
 
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Old 05-14-12, 02:07 PM
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Welcome to the forums! What are you using as framing for the cover? 2x4, 2x6, etc. The spacing may not be too great for the proper wood size. Otherwise I would space them at 8' intervals.
 
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Thanks for the reply. I will be using 2x6 for the patio cover @ 16" apart. The support beams attached to the house and edge of patio will also be 2x6's. I can't remember where I found that i could use a max of 12' between post using 4x6. Would that be correct?
 
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Old 05-15-12, 04:32 AM
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Investigate this: Maximum Span Calculator for Joists & Rafters
It will help in your span calculations. 2x6 won't span 12'.
 
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Might want to check with the AHJ first (building department people). They have to give their blessings to whatever you build. FWIW, you should consider using all 6 x 6 posts, in compliance with the IRC. The Code also has beam and joist span criteria for decks that are worth noting.
 
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