Smart Deck-Framing Strategies
Ledger brackets, flexible flashing, and a joist-hanger jig are a few field-tested tricks for overcoming construction challenges.
Synopsis: Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Mike Guertin loves building decks. Here, he shares his expertise and some lessons he’s learned over the years in a series of challenges and strategies for building the best deck possible. Among the lessons Guertin shares are the use of brackets to separate the ledger from the house; the proper installation of flashing to isolate galvanized joist hangers; the need to set up a straight rim beam on temporary supports; the time-saving importance of using a joist-hanger jig; the need to install deck posts in the right place; and finally, the proper way to work safely if you’re building a deck that’s not at ground level. This article includes a sidebar on using footing forms.
I love building decks. If I had to pick one part of the house that I enjoy building the most, it’s the deck. There’s no rush to…