20’ joists or overlap?

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20’ joists or overlap?

rebuilding an old deck, the old one had overlapping 2x8’ sistered joists. The full length is about 17’ should I get 20’ and cut em down? Or go with overlapping ? ( easier to install myself). I will be using hidden fasteners/ and don’t care what it looks like underneath. Opinions? Thanks
 
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Old 04-28-19, 07:21 AM
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The general rule of construction is that you don't needlessly put joints in building materials if longer material is readily available.
 
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