Rotting Joists on Cantilevered Balcony
by Carol Anderson
We bought a house with a second story balcony. The joists cantilever out beyond the wall to support the balcony.
Over time the joists of the deck have started to rot a bit.
We are thinking about running cheater boards alongside the joists - bolted onto the joists? What do we need to do to stop or prevent more rot or prevent rot from spreading to the cheater boards?
Also, do the cheater boards need to be fixed to the house?
And is there something you would suggest we put down onto the new 'joists' before applying new decking?