The Right (and Wrong) Way to Splice Beams

There’s no sense installing a beam that’s not supported by a post. But that’s what this deck builder did. Maybe the builder assumed that attaching the beam

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How NOT to Splice Beams

This floating beam is so wrong! There’s no sense installing a beam that’s not supported by a post. But that’s what this deck builder did. Maybe the builder assumed that attaching the beam to the end of another beam would do the trick. NOPE!

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The Right Way

correctly supported spliced beam

Splices in beams should be supported by a post or structural column of some sort. The post or column should rest on a foot-ing that meets local building code requirements. And the beams should be connected to the post with an approved metal connector. Beams should be supported by at least 1 in. of solid wood over posts. Plus: Learn how to make structural repairs by sistering floor joists.

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