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Re: deck repair

Posted By: Roger
Tuesday, 27 June 2000, at 8:53 p.m.

In Response To: deck repair (George Kessler)

George ------

Hopefully, the floor joists are not rotted inside the house. If that is the case, you can cut each joist squarely and flush at the outside of the house, and then nail a ledger plate to the ends of the cut joists. This ledger will then support the new joists. I am assuming the old deck was not cantilevered out from the house. That is: the deck was supported on the outside perimeter by posts or beams of some kind.

You can cut the old joists with a hand saw (whew!!) or a cut (tiger) saw (actually a reciprocating saw) that you can buy, borrow or rent.

The new joists can then be attached to the ledger with joist hangers, or toenailed if you are handy.

Finally, make sure the ledger has some sort of weather stip on top that will divert water so it cannot get behind the ledger.

Good luck, Roger

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