Extending Length of Rim Joist on Long Deck

by Mike
(Lacey, WA)

I am building a deck that will have the rim joist attached with nails to the end of the joists. It is pretty long (40+ feet) and will obviously need multiple boards to make up the entire length of the rim joist.

What is the best thing to do at the end of each board where a new board will begin? Connect them together somehow? If so what is the best method?

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Mar 17, 2013
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Make a double rim joist
by: John

I would use at least 2 2xs for the rim joist and locate the butt joint of the first 2x rim joist between the joists.

Then lap another 2x over it with plenty of overlap - like 6'-8' or more over lap. I would also use bolts to secure the overlap and of course joist anchors every where. Just a thought.

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