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I am headed into several meetings right now, can I get back with you later this afternoon?
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Can you make a rough sketch, take a picture of it with your phone and then attach that file to the Chat Window? You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
I did get your two pictures, let me take a look
Several of the files that were attached were duplicates. I received the following pictures:
1. Close-up of your short support post on the corner
2. View of gable end and deck from kind of an angel
3. View of gable end and deck from kind of an angel, but a little more up close
I did not, can you try and attach that one again?
The 1st things from today show up at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time this morning
The first post this morning has a long description, so I got that.
You really just need me to verify of your triple 2x6 side beams (with plywood), spanning 8' will work, correct?
What species and grade of lumber will you be using?
So I will assume SPF #2 grade lumber.
What city are you near in Maryland, so I can look at specific snow load?
I’d like to point out that a Professional Engineer’s standard of care typically includes a site visit to assess field conditions and get an overall understanding of the structure. This can obviously not be accomplished through the internet. The information provided here is meant for planning purposes only (general sizing and budgeting) and is based on the information provided by you. All loading cases considered are for vertical loads only, no lateral analysis has been completed. The information should be verified by a professional engineer who can visit the site to ensure that potentially important information has not been overlooked or omitted.
You will need to use a quadruple 2"x6" SPF (#2 grade) on each side.
If you are using 6x6 posts, they will be 5.5" wide and four 2x6's will be 6.0" wide, so you will need to adjust the side notches down 1/4" on each side (so 1-1/4" notches on each side the rest the outside members on). You need to make sure you attach all 4 of the 2x6's securely to each other along the span so that they all act together as one beam.
Here is the nailing schedule from the IRC, take a look at Item #30.
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