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07:56AM | 10/26/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
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I am planning to build an addition on my existing deck.I used the cad program from Weyerhauser,great tool.I see that it always uses the post and double beam for the underside support.My concern is why does everyone not build them that way?All the decks in the neighborhood just build the frame and sit the posts on the outer edge.Which way is stronger and the correct way?I`m looking to support a hot tub,and I want the strongest build for this.thanks


01:06PM | 10/26/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
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I looked all over the Weyerhauser sites and couldn't find that program, can you let me know where it is?

I'm assuming you mean a 2x8 bolted to each side of a 4x4 post vs a 4x8 beam atop a post is that correct?

Or do mean the way the balustrade (railing posts) is attached to the deck framing?

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03:10AM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
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The program is on the main page of Bob Villa`s web site.Dead center, design a deck.

What I`m refering to is 6x6 posts with 2 joists bolted to either side type design.The posts will be 16 feet tall.Deck will be 10 feet by 26 feet long added straight out from the existing deck.


01:54PM | 11/18/04
Member Since: 11/13/04
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i have to think the load bearing capabilities are greater when built this way, as it spreads the load over the length of the joist, rather than just down the post itself.

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