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- Beam Calculator
Take the guesswork out of sizing beams for any application with BestDeckSite's Beam
- Ground Clearance & Beam Height
The importance of determining the amount of vertical clearance and
selecting the appropriate type of framing.
- Built-Up Vs. Solid Timber Beams
How to size and frame with solid and built-up beams.
- Beam Stability- Twist & Overturn
When a beam is too tall and how to prevent overturning.
- Decorative Beam Ends & Arches
Beams don't have to look ugly. Here's how to spruce them up.
- Attaching Beams
There various ways beams may be properly secured to wood posts and
- Understanding Cantilevers
How to gauge the impact of cantilevering joists and beams and what
additional framing is required.
- Notching & Boring
How much and where you're allowed to notch or drill holes into beams and
- Aligning Posts & Setting Beams
How to get everything to line up without a lot of extra work.
- Multi-Level Decks
Framing details for decks on more than one level (from one-step difference in height up to
levels separated by 10-feet or more).
- Framing For Hot Tubs
How to select lumber sizes, footing thickness and diameter, and extra
framing details for spas.
- Post Size & Bracing
Selecting the correct post size and when bracing is needed.
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