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Joist Chord Widths

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Are there any guidelines for estimating the width of the top chord (angle 
 sizes and web size) in order to determine how far off of a wall to put 
the first joist to allow an angle to lap enough for welding?  I have a 
job where the joists (10K1 and 12K1) parallels the wall and I am wanting 
to use a L4 x 3 x .25 slv on top for supporting the edge of the deck.  At 
the moment I have the joist 5" from the wall but now I am concerned that 
this is too far.  Is there any published information on this from SJI or 
other sources?