minimize deck height


Old 05-14-01, 08:55 PM
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I'm trying to minimize a low outdoor deck from the beam to deck surface. It's not a code problem (under 14" height total), so can I get away with using 2x4's for the joists with 4x6 beams (assuming 2x6 deck boards)?
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Old 05-15-01, 05:53 PM
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I would use 2X6s on 16" or 24" centers to keep the deck (no matter how low it is to the ground)from being too soft.
The frame makes a deck.
If it is not supported strongly, it will be "springy" and nails will pop, etc.
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Old 05-16-01, 09:16 AM
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24" centers with 2x6 is not that great either.

I prefer to use 2x8 joists on all my decks.
Old 05-30-01, 09:16 PM
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A couple more things -- the deck won't have much human traffic, and I was planning to use 2x4 joists on 12" centers. Is it still too risky to use less than 2x6's for the joists? A little springy isn't a problem and I'd use screws to fasten the top boards. (I really want to save that extra 2" in height if possible)
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Your 2x4's will not do the job. However, if you doubled your 2x4's(side by side) and nailed them together, and then on 12" centers, you will have gained the strength you need.
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