Replacing deck boards

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Replacing deck boards

I have a deck that is 16ft wide. The previous owners of my home installed 8 ft.pressure treated deck boards. They are all lined up and not staggered so there is a seam right down the middle.

I have two questions:

1. If I use 8 ft boards should they be staggered?

2. OR can I use 16ft boards and have them go all the way across?If I use the 16ft deck boards would I have to worry about lifting more?
 
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Welcome to the forums Pat!

Whenever you can't or don't use boards long enough to go the full length you should stagger the joints.
While they are harder to transport I would opt for the 16' length.
 
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1. You could. IMO, there's nothing wrong with what was done, assuming the joints are all on structure.
2. Yes, you could do this as well, it's your call. I don't understand your question about lifting - what is 'lifting?'
 
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Any time I see that I know it was a DIY building the deck and only had a pickup to haul the lumber.
If you use 16' footers is there still going to be an over hang over the rim joist?
There needs to be at least 1/2" on each end.
 
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Joe, you never hauled 16' lumber in a pickup? I do it whenever I need to with my old ford.
 
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.... but that is only 8' lumber
When I built my house I hauled most of the materials in a 69 bronco. Let the tailgate down, shove 16' 2xs under the 2 front seats and load her up. Worked great until I bought the roof metal - had to back up my curvy 1/4 mile driveway
 
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