Uneven deck posts


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Old 08-02-14, 09:03 PM
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Uneven deck posts

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I am building my first deck. I am building a dropped beam deck which will have two 2x10s joined together and placed on top of five posts at 12 feet from the house. My problem is that when I put the beam on top of the posts, the beam rests on two of the posts and there is a 1/8 gap between the beam and three of the posts.
Would it be acceptable to cut some 1/8 shims from scrap 2x lumber? Should I try to sand down the two highest posts?
Any suggestions?
 
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Old 08-03-14, 02:46 AM
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I would have hung the 2x10s between two posts with joist hangers. We really need to see the rest of the design.
 
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Old 08-03-14, 05:26 AM
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What size post? You can't just sit a beam on top of posts. Pictures would be helpful.
 
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Old 08-03-14, 09:09 AM
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Sorry about that. I am using 6x6 posts, using Simpson LPC6Z post caps. I am attaching two pictures, one shows the shims in place before the post cap would be put in place.Name:  WP_001214.jpg
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Old 08-03-14, 10:13 AM
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Consider shims after you have installed the weight of the rest of the decking. Properly crowned and installed beams would sit high on several of the supports. After the load of the rest of the deck is applied they probably will sit down. You also need to thru bolt the beam to the 6x6 with 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts.
 
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Old 08-03-14, 02:31 PM
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The LPZ post to beam fasteners are fine. Here's more reading for you. http://www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf
 
 

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