Are these deck joist to ledger gaps too big?
Having the deck put on … so a lot of questions here so the builder
gets less tired of me asking …
A large section is 20×14, 20′ along the house. This will be a screened
porch (roof to support).
2×10 framing, 16″ centers.
The question is the gap between the joists, and the ledger.
Joists are tight to the ledger at the top, then
gradually open towards the bottom.
LUS 28Z product documentation suggests a maximum gap of 1/8″ for
advertised load, with a maximum of 3/8″, and there are tables to
look at that load number.
There are a few gaps that are 3/8″ + at the bottom.
3/8″ seems like a huge gap. Is the gap a common feature? The
joist will shrink, and pull away a little over time. (I’m not
the carpenter, but seems it might be not too much work to get a
A few joists have hangers .. most are just tacked up with
Photos attached. Thanks for listening.