Is this deck safe?

Old 09-26-19, 05:26 AM
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Is this deck safe?

I'm looking for someone with experience to weigh in. I have been doing some work on the outside of my house when I noticed the Joists for my deck aren't fully butted against the ledger board on the house. The nails through the braces are just barely through the corner of some of these so I'm wondering if this is safe in this condition. If not, can you suggest the most straightforward way to brace them?
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Old 09-26-19, 05:41 AM
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First one looks okay, but the others look a bit iffy. Question is, has it always been this way or not? I would probably just add a few deck tension ties (Simpson DTT2Z) if you wanted to be safe. You can find illustrations for how they are to be installed online.
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I would say at least the top joist in your first photo is not completely safe... it's more safe adjacent. My inspectors would not allow gaps that large in new construction and decks are one area they look at very closely.

Either the joists were cut too short during construction or worse, the deck is pulling away from the ledger. I would give the deck a good inspection and try to determine if the joist attachment has always been like that or if the deck is in fact pulling away from the house.

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