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Re: Residential Deck Live Load

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No necessarily a bad idea! The S.F. Chronicle had a story this morning about a deck collapse over the weekend where the owner said something to the effect that she didn't think there had been so many people on her deck in the past.  Luckily, it appears no one was killed although there were some broken bones and other serious injuries.
Bill Cain, SE
Berkeley CA 
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From: Abe Knapp <AKNAPP(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 14:33:41 -0600
Subject: Re: Residential Deck Live Load

I just completed one a few months ago.  This is very unnusual---the client wanted the deck designed for 100 psf as he was planning to have big partys.
Abe Knapp, P.E.
Casper, Wyoming

>>> smith1129(--nospam--at) 4/11/2005 2:16:08 PM >>>
Per IBC 2000, what is the proper live load to use for a residential (house) exterior deck?
Table 1607.1 Item 6 says "Same as occupancy served".
Table 1607.1 Item 27 says use 40 psf for all other areas except balconies and decks.
I would tend to design for 60 psf but list 40 psf on the plan.  Any comments would be appreciated.
Dave Smith
Smith Associates