I have a small deck built in stacked 8 inch concrete blocks. I first
put in concrete pads in the ground, then stacked three 8 inch concrete
blocks on top and built the deck on them. This deck was fine in the
summer, but when winter came, I found it was too close to the bottom
of the storm door on the house. Just the smallest amount of ice on
the deck and we cant open the storm door. As soon as the ice and snow
is gone, I want to lower the deck about 2 inches. I can easily lift
it with a jack. My idea is to remove the top 8 inch block and replace
it with a 6 inch one in all four corners. But, do they make 6 inch
blocks? I know 8" is the most common, and they make 4" ones. But I
never seens 6" ones. I suppose if nothing else I can make some solid
ones with a wooden form and some Redi-Mix.
Nobody is paying attention to what seems (to this non-techie) a simple
solution. You all got off on rebuilding the deck according to code.
AFAK, the guy is only trying to get his ****ing door open in winter.
What am I missing?
Go outside and look at the difference between your front porch or
steps and the door transom. It's often several inches. People deal
with it. They don't even know they are dealing with it, it's just
In the case of a deck, things might be different because many people
use their back deck for entertainment, outdoor cooking, etc and the
deck is often pretty much level with the door which is often a
kitchen door. My front door has a drop of 6" to the top step of 7.
My back deck/porch is level with the interior floor on the other
side of the sliding glass door. I'm glad because there is less chance
of me tripping when I carry a big pan of pieces of lifeless animal
carcasses to the grill. ^_^
Sure, if you have a sliding glass door. But if you have a hinged
exterior door that opens outward and you live in the north you better
have a few inches of drop or you will have the problem that the
original poster came here with. Before you accused him of having a
shoddy deck without having any facts.
Excuse me?! I didn't accuse anyone of anything, you may be getting your
posts mixed up there feller. I would appreciate it if you would point
out where you think I may have been nasty to the OP which is something
I never do, even when arguing politics. :-)
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it sounds like the deck isnt attached to the building, and thats a
safety hazard. 3 8 inch blocks is high enough for someone to get hurt
if the deck comes off the blocks.
and at home resale time a home inspector will make it into the end of
the world.... but it might just end the sale:(
If he rebuilds the deck now or has it rebuilt to code, he can do the
work himself or a handyman can.
push this off to home resale time, and buyer will demand registered
Decks are not required to be attached to the house. Some people
prefer to build them that way as it avoids opening the house siding to
attach the deck frame. Again you don't know what you are talking
Even if he lives in a location that requires tie downs he can simply
get some tie downs and add them to comply with local code. Without
changing his deck at all.
am I reading this correctly;
"Decks off cantilevered houses require deck joists to either be run to
the bearing wall or be supported independently"
Sounds to me like a deck can be independently supported.
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