Couple deck questions..


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Old 05-25-20, 10:49 AM
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Couple deck questions..

Hey! I have a very handy friend leading the way on helping me build a 14'x14' deck. We have finished the framing, deckboards and the majority of the railings. I will be having my inspector come out for his 2nd inspection this week. A few questions, we used common JUS210-TZ Joist hangers from Menards. However, for whatever reason, he used 1 1/2" screws in these. Am I worried about structural integrity? A bit but let's be honest, it's not going anywhere and solid as can be. My question is are these supposed to be 3" so the diagonals go through the ledger board? Will the inspector call me out on this and should I just go through the hassle of pulling and replacing them all asap? Also, the railing post nearest our house on one side is butted up to the downspout so he installed the first railing post on the other side of the gutter. The downspout is fastened to the home every 6 feet and is quite solid but that leaves the post 4 1/4" from the home. Thoughts on this as well?
 
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Old 05-25-20, 10:55 AM
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The only screws you can use in joist hangers are Simpson SDS structural screws, and that is only if the hanger instructions say that screws can be substituted. No other screw will meet code. Any inspector would catch that.

Your comparable Simpson anchor would call for 10d nails or 9d screws. See example.
 
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Old 05-25-20, 11:24 AM
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Oops, my fault. Not sure why I said screws. They are 1 1/2" Hot Dip Galvanized Joist nails. "Ideal for attaching joist hangers to lumber" and what was sent with our deck materials. I was just questioning if 1 1/2" is long enough. There is a 10 on the nail head so..same as my neighbors who recently had theirs inspected.
 
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Old 05-25-20, 11:28 AM
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10d nails are exactly what it calls for. https://hw.menardc.com/main/items/me...JUS_Series.pdf
 
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That's where I'm confused. Aren't 10d nails technically 3" long? These nails were 1 1/2" but still have the 10 on the head.
 
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Old 05-25-20, 11:53 AM
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Look at the chart in the link. It specifies 10d x 1 1/2 joist hanger nails.

10d box or 10d common nails and 10d joist nails are not the same thing.
 
 

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