Q: I need to attach a deck to a home with an I-joist floor system. Can I attach the ledger to the engineered-wood rim joist?
A: Mike Guertin, a builder and remodeler in East Greenwich, R.I., and a presenter at JLC Live, responds: If the rim joist is structural—in other words, designed to transfer compression loads between the subfloor sheathing and the mudsill or plate below—then a deck ledger can be attached to it. The American Wood Council's " Prescriptive...
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