James Love
James Love
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Asked on Oct 8, 2017

How many deck srews for 2 x6 treated decking (2 or 3 )

Michele PappagalloJay PadenThelma


Looking for the community's knowledge and advice
not sure whether to use 2 0r 3 screw per a joist?
My wood is actual 6" wide
appreciate any advice or past experience
-also not looking for the typical check your codes and consult engineer
-want real worl pros and cons
Thank You

3 answers
  • Thelma
    on Oct 8, 2017

    We put a 12 ft. x 48 ft. deck/porch on the west side of our home 20 yrs. ago; we used the laminated 2" x 6" boards for the floor with 2 screws per board in each of the floor joists and have never had to do any repairs, painting, or sealing of it since. It's still beautiful today, has darkened a little from the weather 110* high in the summer to -26* in the winter, but still is in perfect condition. As far as we are concerned (hubby is 76 and I am 72) it's the only way to build decks, porches, etc.
  • Jay Paden
    on Oct 9, 2017

    two about 1" from each side of 2x6
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I would use 2 screws at the end of each board. That should be plenty to hold it in place firmly.
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