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Sway Bracing

All decks using horizontal decking should have a diagonal sway brace to prevent racking.  You may install a metal "T" brace which is a long metal strip diagonally across the top of the joists or install a diagonal deck board across the bottom of the deck frame.  Decks using diagonal decking do not require sway bracing.


Comments, Questions and Reviews


I am planning to build a deck 8'' off ground, use f.g. round columns over 4x4 post, which would not able to install diagonal bracing as required, is there any way I can do or add move anchor to replace the diagonal bracing? thanks

posted by esther at 1/2/2015 11:37:16 PM

You can install your decking diagonally.

posted by mike at 1/5/2015 8:51:30 AM