Likely the beams will
be built up from two 2x10's nailed together. It is
to sight down each 2x10 to determine which way the
crown of the wood goes. Most boards will bow up in
It is important that the crown faces up.
Square one end of the 2x10's and then measure the
finished length of the beam. Square the mark and cut
to length. Nail the beam together every 16" with
three 3-1/2" framing nails.
the nails into the wood so they don't protrude from
the back face.
In order to secure the beam to the post you will need
to use a post anchor. Be sure to use an anchor suitable
for the size of post and beams you are using for your
Your local building center can advise on suitable
With the post anchors in place the beam can be positioned
onto the posts and adjusted to the right location.
Secure the beam through the post anchors.
Now it is time to install the deck joists.
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