Deck Planning, would like your input


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Old 05-31-12, 09:59 AM
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Deck Planning, would like your input

Hello,

I am planning on building a stand-alone splash deck for my pool (Syracuse, NY area). I have been studying several books, while also using recommendations by the local code enforcer. I was hoping someone could take a look a the sketches I did (obviously they aren't finished), and tell me if they see any serious flaws, before I start planning the railing/stairs. Thanks!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/231214/pooldeckA.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/231214/pooldeckB.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/231214/pooldeckC.jpg

Key features:
6x6" posts on 48" concrete piers (2" above ground) using J-Bolt anchors
2x6 joists and beams
deck is about 42" off the ground
5/4x6 decking


Let me know what you think please, this is my first deck.
 
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The cantilevered joists looks like more than a code would allow, especially since the ovehang in the pool area looks like more that would be allowed and obviously will attract more people at the wrong time.

Dick
 
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Old 05-31-12, 01:38 PM
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I probably should have made it more clear, but the joists shown 'in' the pool will be cut so they are about 2 inches away from the pool.

I just didn't want to remove them from the drawing as it would screw up my material list (I'm new to SketchUp).

The longer overhang in that picture is the 1' 3" section as marked on pic C, and that section will have a railing anyways, so there won't be an opportunity to stand there.
 
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Old 06-01-12, 04:57 PM
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I am guessing no comment is a good sign (or at least a sign of no major code violations) If there is a better forum for these type of posts, please do share, thanks!
 
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Old 06-02-12, 04:41 AM
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There may not be any code violations other than what Dick mentioned, but I just have questions as to the lucidity of poking holes in a perfectly good pool. Cantilevers can't exceed certain parameters, which your local building department will clarify when you go get your permit.
 
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Old 06-02-12, 07:00 AM
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I'll have to update the pic, as it seems to create more confusion. I am not poking them through the pool. The parts of the joists that are in the pool (in the drawing) will be cut off. The joists will end about 2" from the outside of the pool.

The reason they show 'IN' the pool is because I haven't figured out yet how to resize them in the designer software. I'll try to update the pic, since I am guessing this might create the same confusion with the code enforcer.
 
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I updated the design, showing what I want to do. The only thing I need to figure out is how to deal with the rim joists.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/231214/pooldeck_1.jpg
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/231214/pooldeck_2.jpg
 
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You might want to stiffen up the deck by adding diagonal stiffeners at the tops of all of the support columns, as required by the IRC for a free-standing deck. Also, you might consider adding a third (middle) stringer for the stairway support--the treads might be a bit too flexible with just the two stringers shown. Also, orienting the deck planks at 45 degrees instead of the way you are showing them would eliminate the tendency for a "sliver effect" where they meet the pool.
 
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Makes a lot of sense, will incorporate that in my update, thanks for taking the time to post!
 
 

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