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Doug, I've no clue!! There are SO many...

Doug,

I've no clue!!

There are SO many different ways to build a deck, and SO many different codes that could apply -- and every jurisdiction has their own way that they want things done. I...
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Posted By lefty

I don't know WHO to answer first!! Doug --...

I don't know WHO to answer first!!

Doug -- Facts 1 thru 10 -- right on!! You have to build the deck to the code that you are governed by. Doesn't matter what the IRC or BOCA says if your local...
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Posted By lefty

Razz -- How far above grade a deck can be...

Razz --

How far above grade a deck can be before railings are required is a point that local authorities have some discrescion to change. UBC requires railings on any deck that is over 30" high....
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Posted By lefty

Homebild-- You are right. The seismic zone...

Homebild--

You are right. The seismic zone differences between CA and NY will make all the difference in the way we build our decks.

(That's why I chose not to get offended with your comment...
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Posted By lefty

Homebild, I understand what you are saying,...

Homebild,

I understand what you are saying, and agree that using larger framing members will reduce the number of footings needed in a deck. However, I understand the logic of the local bldg....
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Posted By lefty

Homebild, "Don't know who your 'designer'...

Homebild,

"Don't know who your 'designer' was but if he insisted on 15 posts he had no clue what he was doing."

That's not necessarily true. Why Iceman's deck was built that way, and very...
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Posted By lefty

The cross brace needs to attach to a post at one...

The cross brace needs to attach to a post at one end and either a girder (beam) or a joist at it's other end to be most effective. If it passes by one or two posts on the way and gets attached to...
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Posted By lefty

I have never used DekBlocks to construct a deck...

I have never used DekBlocks to construct a deck -- I use pier blocks. Always set the pier blocks on a proper footing -- 15" to 16" square and 6" of concrete under the bottom of the pier block, the...
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Posted By lefty

I'm chiming in with Hellrazor and homebild. Check...

I'm chiming in with Hellrazor and homebild. Check with your local bldg. dept., pull the necessary permit, and build it to code!! If frost is an issue, yes, you will have to dig footings that go below...
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Posted By lefty

Jst, It sounds like hellrazor and I would...

Jst,

It sounds like hellrazor and I would have built the deck pretty much the same way.

Pour your footings, then use stand off bases to keep the posts off of the dirt and out of the concrete. ...
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