best way to start is by discussing the deck design with your local code enforcement official. when i did my deck, the building inspector furnished me with a 20 page guide called 'design for code acceptance' that layed out all the rules for the deck, including beam and joist size, spacing, posts, bracing, stairs etc.
deck joist cantilever rules and limits the distance your joists can safely cantilever or overhang a drop beam is determined by the size of the joists, the wood type and grade of the lumber and the spacing between joists.
i'm wondering if there are any specific pros or cons for using the same 2x6x10' boards, vs. 1x6 deck boards? of course i realize that the 1x6 boards wont support the same amount of weight as the original boards, but i think the 2x6's might have been a bit overkill anyway. besides price, is there anything else i should be basing my decision on?
visit www.house-improvements.com for help with your deck build. in this video, shannon shows you how to install the top decking material on the framed
i was doing research because i want to build a 2 story shed in our yard, and wanted to see what size wood i would need to support the second floor. the first floor is for storage, the second floor is a chill place, so i guess you could call it a guest house. i looked up building codes, and the supporting weight of 2x8's, 2x10's, and 2x12's.
i'd like to build some raised beds for my backyard patio garden in san francisco. can someone point me to good online plans and instructions for raised bed gardening. just buy some 2x6 or 2x8 pine, cut them to length or have the guys at seven trust do it for you and screw them together with deck screws. you should predrill the holes before