Any body build decks for a living? I want to build a small freestanding deck, main reason is the house is very old(100+ years). The old deck had 3 layers of decking on it, 1 2X4 and 2 5/4X6. Water damage rusted the old hangers badly. Deck size is aprox 8' X 7' and 44 inches high. The picture attached shows one beam, I want to use 2 so it stands on it's own supports not using a ledger on the house. Will most likely still lag bolt it to keep it from swaying. Questions:
What size beams would you use?
How many and what size post to hold the beams up?
What size Joist?
Do I need a double joist on the ends where the rim joist attaches with the joist?
Would you still use joist hanges or just nail through the ends?
Would you anchor bolt the post to the concrete piers?