ledger question


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Old 05-02-02, 03:42 PM
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ledger question

I want to build a 20' x 20' deck, and attatch one side to the house. The 20' run on the house looks like below:

8 feet
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| ~4 feet
| 12 feet
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Q1: Is there any problem making 2 separate ledger boards as long as the joists are all 16" on center? obviously, the joists that attatch to the 8' ledger will be 4' longer than the others.

2Q: I have an older house with cedar shingles in pretty good shape. I have visual access to the rim joist above 3-4 ' of stucco masonry foundation. The shingles are nailed into ship-lap sheathing, which is then nailed onto a firring strip. If I cut out the shingles and sheathing to get the ledger board flush to the rim joist, the ledger board will be physically recessed below the exterior shingle line by 1/2" - 1". Is this bad for water? It would be easy to sister up two 2x10's to make a double thick ledger board and flash it to let the water drip away. i could make the entire thing free standing as well, but would prefer not to.

any advice appreciated. thx
 
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Old 05-02-02, 03:52 PM
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look here for proper diagram

my ascii ledger diagram didn't work. Here's a link:

http://www.dangerouscurve.com/deck.gif
 
 

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