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How much weight can a 2x6x8 support horizontally?


  1. How much weight can a 2x6x8 support horizontally?
  2. Should deck joists be 2X6 or 2x8?
  3. Are 2X6 strong enough for deck joists?
  4. Can I use 2x8 for deck boards?
  5. Is it better to use 2x6 or 2x8 for deck?
  6. Can I use 2x8 for deck floor?

How much weight can a 2x6x8 support horizontally?

A horizontal 2×6 plank on edge is generally rated for 50psf (10psf dead load + 40psf live load) or 53 pounds per linear foot. So, a 2×6 spanning 8 feet should be able to support (8×53) 424 pounds along its length. A 2×6 on flat will carry about 4 pounds per linear foot or around 7% of one on edge.

Should deck joists be 2X6 or 2x8?

That's a model deck code which includes joist span tables. If there is to be a railing, you need the joists to be at least 2x8s. 2x6s don't have the depth needed to resist the leverage that can be placed on a railing post bolted to them.

Are 2X6 strong enough for deck joists?

For upper-level decks, 2x10 is recommended as the minimum size to use for strong guard post connections. 2x6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards. Most decking is not strong enough to support longer spans than 16".

Can I use 2x8 for deck boards?

Q: Can I use 2×8 treated lumber as deck boards? A: No, that's a not a good idea. Lumber wider than 6 inches should not be used as a flat surface. Wide, flat boards have a tendency to pool rain water, which can lead to cupping problems.

Is it better to use 2x6 or 2x8 for deck?

For upper-level decks, 2x10 is recommended as the minimum size to use for strong guard post connections. 2x6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards. Most decking is not strong enough to support longer spans than 16".

Can I use 2x8 for deck floor?

Q: Can I use 2×8 treated lumber as deck boards? A: No, that's a not a good idea. Lumber wider than 6 inches should not be used as a flat surface. Wide, flat boards have a tendency to pool rain water, which can lead to cupping problems.



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