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You can use Technical Report 12 from the AWC website. There's an example
problem for calculating a connection with a gap between wood members.

Additionally, Frank Woeste, (Virginia Tech) has done extensive work with
deck ledgers. Here's a link to an article he authored for ICC's Building
Safety Journal on the subject:

FYI, the next issue of Wood Design Focus, due out later this month, is
solely devoted to wood deck design and research issues. Here's a link for
subscription information:



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The guidance provided herein is not a formal interpretation of any AF&PA
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From: "Pinyon Engineering" <Pinyonengineering(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Deck Ledger

I looked at a low deck that was attached to a house thru the existing =
stucco. a 2x ledger is lag bolted to the rim joist thru the stucco. = any
Idea how to calc the bolt attachment. Ishould I calc the bolt as =
cantilevered thru the stucco or supported by the stucco. How about the =
weatherproofing 1) of the bolt holes 2) of the entire assembly. would =
it be better to cut and remove the stucco an put in a drip edge over a = new
ledger? The house is in the great basin desert climate ( hot dry =


Tim Rudolph

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