Building a Freestanding Deck, Images 13-21

The author's crew installs Y-bracing to resist side-to-side movement parallel to the house.

Lateral braces resist movement away from the house; these are installed from each post to the side of a joist.

Lateral braces also are joined to blocks between joists.

Whenever the decking is installed perpendicular to the joists instead of diagonally, the author uses 2x6 V-bracing to resist racking. The V-braces are attached to each joist with two screws. V-bracing is also used with many brands of grooved composite decking, which is typically installed with clips that do not resist horizontal forces.

In cases where Y-bracing will obstruct views from doors or windows under the deck, the author substitutes rated metal T-straps at column-to-beam connections.

Using a Lite Steel beam enabled the author to eliminate a view-obstructing post in this deck project.

Two-by squash blocks cinched the connection to the notched post.

The blocks and beam are secured with ThruLok bolts.

Carpenters set the joists for a freestanding deck; the band will remain spaced away from the brick veneer wall.

Where joists cross the LiteSteel beam, self-tapping metal screws secure the metal ties. Note the strip of flashing membrane separating the pressure-treated lumber from the steel.

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