Do codes allow ledger rails to be used to hold up the joist or are joist hangers now code?

by Sarah
(TN)

Does this satisfy building codes?

Does this satisfy building codes?

I am having a deck built & several people have told me that it is not being built to current codes. I have been told that current codes require joist hangers to be used. This is a 2000 square ft. deck & they have just begun, so I need to know if this is up to codes. There are no inspectors in our area.

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Feb 01, 2012
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Stop work now
by: Dan Morrison

I've seen lots of amateurs build better than that. Tell them to stop right now and give you your money back. This will only get worse (and more dangerous).

This wouldn't be right anywhere.

Feb 01, 2012
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Don't do that
by: Editor-Rich Bergman

Definitely don't build like that. Use hot dip galvanized joist hangers, use 2x8 joists and if you really must go with 2x6 because you need to be lower to the grade then decrease joist spacing to no more than 12" on center.

But the codes do specify 2x8 in practically all situations I can think off.

What you are showing there is amateur work. Don't do that.

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