Removing old deck ledger

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Old 08-04-15, 07:52 AM
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Removing old deck ledger

What's up people, I'm new to the forum and was looking for some info. My wife and I just purchased our first home and it's been crazy. Anyway the city made me remove the existing deck cause it was illegal. We did so but now I have this exposed ledger along the back of the house. I'm wondering is it ok to leave it exposed for now till I get extra cash to repair it? Well this pass final inspection? And Is it as easy as removing waterproofing and the adding siding?
 
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Old 08-04-15, 10:45 AM
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You can probably leave it there for now but I would cover it with a piece of membrane or heavy plastic, to prevent water from collecting on top of it.
 
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I would tear off the ledger and repair/replace the siding and build a new free-standing deck that does not come with all the problems of weather, rot and leakage.

A new deck could built with posts 2 feet from the house and the beams/joists cantilevering back to almost touch the house. - You have to buy the deck materials anyway and put in a few posts/piers depending on your design.
 
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