11:17PM | 10/13/13

My house has cantilivered rim joists/joists all the way around. Looks to be to code - overhang is equal to depth of joist.

I am building new steps going from a new stamped concrete patio up to a sliding patio door. The steps are 6 feet wide, and have 5 rises. I built a ledger at the top of the steps to use to attach to my rim joist. It looks like connecting the ledge directly to the rim joist is a bad idea. The rim joist may only have 2 or 3 nails per joist, and since it is not on the sill, is probably not suitable for load. Instead I am thinking of putting in solid blocking in my basement - ie. doubling up behind the rim joist and then using strongtie angles to attach the solid blocking to the joists. Then I will some lags or ledgerlock bolts to go through my ledger, through the rim joist into the solid blocking for a secure connection. Does this sound like a good idea?

Also, do I need to be worried about stress on the joint caused by potential frost heaving of the concrete patio?



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