I am rebuilding our old deck. At first I thought I would just be able to replace the decking with Redwood. However, now that the old plywood decking has been removed I found that the joist are nailed into the beam.
All of the deck books I have show that there are supposed to be foundation post (about 6' OC) which the beam is supposed to be connected to and THEN the joist are supposed to lay ON TOP of the beam.
I am at a stand still until I figure out if I should try to correct this or just try to add post under the beam that is already here.
It's an older deck that really has no supporting post. Instead the post that were used for the railing was just connected to the beam by nails below the joist. Once I remove these post I am afraid the deck will just fall forward because there is no support on the ends, except for one corner post.
Any Advise - James