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Question DetailsAsked on 3/27/2020

Can I install a new 6' long 2x10 ledger board over the existing 4' one?

We bought a ~15 year old house that still has the "temporary" builder's back porch/steps. We need to basically replace the whole thing so that our 2-year old can safely play in the back yard, but don't want to touch/add foundations as we do plan to build an all new deck in the next few years. We're competent DIY/woodworkers, so we figured it would be easy enough to replace the decking and stair treads. I was researching decks and figured out that by adding small cantilevers with proper framing we could double the area from 12sqft to 24sqft. The current deck is supported by a 4' ledger (and 2 posts) and I think I'd need to increase the ledger to 6' (1ft on each side) to match a new 6' long beam and support the 2 additional 4' long joists. However, pulling/cutting/flashing/edging/replacing the vinyl siding seems like a lot of unnecessary effort to add 12" on either side. The deck is so small, and only 3' above grade, would having 12" un-bolted on either side be ok?

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