I am in the process of R&R of 200+ 2 story balconies, 12 x 4.5.
Originally they had cantilevered joists, they were back crudely to accept section of a "rim joist", the remaining joist were cut flush to the brick veneer on either side of the sliders. The rot is incredible.
Tying in with 2 dtt2z's helps me sleep at night, there really is no alternative
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