04:34AM | 11/25/02
Member Since: 11/24/02
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For construction of a second story screened porch with a gable roof, is it acceptable to attach the floor joists to the ledger board by resting them onto a 2x2 cleat nailed into the ledger and also toe-nailing the joists into the ledger? Can this system safely carry the load?


10:34AM | 11/26/02
Member Since: 11/25/02
11 lifetime posts
Please don't do that.Use the right sized joist hangers for your joist.
How are you attaching your ledger board?


04:25PM | 12/13/02
Member Since: 12/12/02
7 lifetime posts
I am sure the first response to use joist hangers is a good idea and I think they would be worth the small price for piece of mind, but I do "think" that a 2x2 ledger is allowed. I wouldn’t use one either though. I recently framed a floor. I used 2x12s for the center girder and 2x10s for my floor joists. I used a 2x4 ledger and therefore only notched 1 1/2 inches out of each of my joists. I also measured exactly how much to notch out of each 2x10 because I wanted to be sure that each floor joist was resting firmly on the ledger (You know lumber often varies in size up to 3/8s of an inch!). Joist hangers may be best but I felt like this was pretty sturdy. Good luck


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