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Blog entry by geebus posted 04-17-2017 02:10 AM 864 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi,
I know this might not be the place to post this, but hopefully someone will see this and have some advise on it.

My question:

I will be building a deck onto my house, about 2 feet high. Size is roughly 12×16.

I have access to a bunch of 4-6 foot 2×10’s (treated). Wondering if I can double these up and stagger the seams to make longer boards for the joists and framing of the deck. I would likely use lag bolts to secure them.

Would they sag over time? is this unsafe? Stupid idea?

I know it’s not ideal, but would be nice to use them if possible.

Any advise would be great!

Thanks!

-- measure once cut twice, not what I always say but usually do!



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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 02:15 AM

If you want to use the 6’ pieces I recommend a doubled up beam in the center of the deck with 6’ joists hanging on either side in joist hangers. I wouldn’t recommend splicing as you mentioned. Over time they will sag.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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geebus

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 02:23 AM

Yes, that is a better idea. Thanks

-- measure once cut twice, not what I always say but usually do!

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 02:55 AM

nothing wrong with reusing stuff for free or cheap.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 03:08 AM

For extra strength add some construction adhesive in between the sistered joist then screw them together with strong deck screws.

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gargey

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 07:27 PM

Safety: Yeah, a chance of stubbed toes or splintes if you don’t handle then staggered edges carefully.

Considering how cheap 2×12s are, and how much time and effort you might save, wouldn’t it make more to “do it right”?

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 04-18-2017 01:53 AM

A possible solution would be to add 2 rows of joist beams under joists.
One 6 ft from house and other 12ft.
2 pieces 6ft long will make you a 12 foot joist. Glue and sister on the beam.
I might only make every third joist this way. doing them all at beam will be harder to level over time.
You will need 3 more posts. 3 more footings.
Maybe add up cost of extra beam, posts and footing ?
Sometimes trying to save money using what you have ends up costing MORE !.

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