|Forum topic by Hugh Anderson||posted 08-03-2011 09:28 PM||1702 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-03-2011 09:28 PM
I had been having some discussions in another thread, but I think it ran out of steam! :-) So I hope it’s ok to start over with a couple of questions. So:
1. What is the best (accepted) way to join beams together? My lumber arrives tomorrow, 2×8’s. I have a 20’ ledger that I am assuming is ok to butt join on the wall (brick), and of course a rim beam of the same size.
How do I join them, should the split be in the middle, over a concrete pier, etc.
2. Using the existing concrete piers I will likely have to do some shimming. What material, and how will I secure the shims? This is only a couple of inches above the ground level, so no access from below.