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How To Guide - Attaching the Ledger Board to the House

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Attaching the Ledger Board to the House

Attaching the ledger board to the house band. Attaching your new deck to your house is the best support you can offer your deck. Since your house is already constructed, it doesn't cost you any additional support foundations and beams.

We cannot stress enough that when attaching your deck to the house band that you drill through the house band and use ½" carriage bolts to secure the ledger to the wall. We believe that the ledger should be flat against the wall for its greatest strength.

When drilling holes into the house band, you may damage a utility, plumbing or wiring. Be sure to measure off inside the house obstacles that will be behind where the deck will be located and transfer the measurements to the outside before drilling. You can attach your ledger to the house sill plate but your bolts will have to be longer to go all the way through. Below is a diagram to show proper attachment of the ledger to the house band.

Attaching the ledger board to brick siding. Brick may look like a sturdy wall to attach a deck to but that is not the case. Brick is only a siding and should never support much of the load if any at all. You should never attach a deck to just the brick. You should always go through the house band joist or house foundation wall and carriage bolt the deck to the home. The brick isn't attached to the home well enough to prevent a load shift and keep the deck from pulling way from the house all together. The deck may fall and take down the entire wall of bricks. When bolting on the ledger with any bolts you choose, do not tighten the bolt enough to crush the air space behind the brick wall. If the bolts are too tight, the wall can buckle, and the bricks above may fall down on top of you. If you are attaching the deck to a brick wall, most of the load should be resting on a beam set close to the home.

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