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How to Brace a Swaying Deck

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.

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How to Brace a Swaying Deck

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.

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