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5 years 4 weeks ago, 1:53 PM

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OK, I back to planning a move to north NV again. Check out springcreeknv.net. Did I mention 2 gun ranges?! My deck question:

6'wide & 40' long. It can be supported inboard buy the house but the outbord support will need to be by posts. We are talking about 8' above grade. I would think 2x10 frame & 6x6 posts. Am I close? The biggest concern is how far can I space the posts. The deck will be in front & over a 28' x 40' garage & want plenty of room for my wife to park w/o hitting a post!

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 1:59 PM

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piers, 6"x6" every 8'-10' on center (check your local code) beam on posts 4x10" or 4X12" joists on top of beam.. Ledger on house lagged into bottom plate/joist rim...

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 5:41 PM

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I agree with Eturnit in terms of design except I don't think your joists need to be as huge. I've used 2 x 8" joists in a similar situation. If you're using 5/4 decking I would place them at 12" intervals. If you're using 2x4 decking, you could space them at 16". You have only a 6 foot run from the house to the posts & beam, so your run is not long.

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 4:17 PM

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If your only going out 6 ft.you can use 2"x6" @ 16"o.c.

You can have your 6"x6" posts span 12ft.o.c. with 2-2"x8"ponderosa pine if your code is a 40 lb.DL ( dead load)and 10 lb.LL(live load)per square ft.Hope thats helpful.Verify at WWW.decks.com

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 8:14 PM

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I meant 4"x10" or 12"beams... the standard deck joist here is a 2x6 which is what would set atop the beams.. people here run em 16 ft with no issues.. you just have to add more beams the farther out you go. 1 per 6-10' from the edge of the house/shed/trailer is generally what you see around here. 1- 2"x6" 8' long on the narrow edge will hold something like 1500lbs.. I also just reread that the OP said 8' off of grade, you will want to make cross supports (2x4) from the bottom of one of your posts to the top of the next post,in a zig zag patern acrossed (while looking at the front of the deck towards the house) the lot otherwise that bitch will shake like hell when you take a step lol...

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5 years 3 weeks ago, 9:41 AM

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Make sure you check on your local areas requirements for decks. I know many different counties have different laws that judge how many supports per sq. ft. of decking. They have their requirements do to the snow loads and other natural environment things.( Mainly I think they just like to tell us what to do and get our money for the permits.)

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5 years 3 weeks ago, 5:02 PM

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Thanks for all the posts (no pun intended) guys. Nothing is easy for me anymore! I have another idea. The house has to sit w/ the 40' facing the road/downhill if I turned it 90 the first floor window in the rear would be at grade level! The house has a change of roof pitch toward the front in order to cover the porch but that roof & porch is supported by posts (or in a level grade) just a footing. I don't know much about codes (I better look into this) but what if I stopped the deck at about 20 feet? That would clear the front door and I bet the codes would allow a much greater span if I was just supporting the roof extension. What do you guys think? Hey, I might be crazy but it's got nothing to do with this deck!

Thanks again guys,

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