Ok, I'm not going to do this...... But what would be wrong if I did it.... Ledger to Rim Joist question
Ok, I'm not going to do this...... But what would be wrong if I did it.... Ledger to Rim Joist question (post #207057)
What is wrong with just having all my deck joist hangers (and then joists) just attached directly to my exposed rim joist and not adding a ledger to attach it to?
I can see in many cases if its a single 2x Rim Joist that wouldn't seem like enough "thickness" to hang all that load upon and adding a Ledger thickens and stiffens up that interface quite a bit.
~BUT~ in my case I have 3 (Three) 2x10's for my Rim/Band Joist all the way around my house (its there because its the full support for 8" solid wall Log Cabin I am building). It seems ~plenty~ thick to support the 6' & 8' porches/deck I am putting around it and what would the ledger add to all this, since its already 3 deep 2x10's ?.
Now don't get me wrong, I am going to be adding a double thick 2x8 ledger all the way around (thats what the plans call for and the Log Cabin kit includes the materials anyway). Seems like massive overkill (as I have noticed with many things in the design - which is GREAT to me!) but I was just wonder what people that do this a lot think -- I mean if I can flash and protect the 3 deep 2x Band/Rim Joists well and protect from moisture whats the difference of attached the deck dircetly to that (other than all those nail holes from joist hangers all in my Band/Rim Joists
Tom - Building my own cabin - please be gentle with me ;-)