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Note: Typical building codes used in the State since 1960 have had a requirement that the foundation sole plate be anchored to the foundation by ½ - inch diameter bolts space six-feet apart along the foundation wall. Depending on the type of floor construction, you may not be able to see if these bolts exist (especially in a ‘post and beam’ type floor system where the sub-floor boards or plywood are nailed directly to the sole plate, covering the top of the bolt and nut). See Structural Mitigation for information on anchorage foundations and other earthquake retrofit information.
For ledger board attachment, see page12 (figures 5, 6 and 7). For lateral load connection of deck joists to floor joists, see page13 (figure 6a). Attachment of the ledger board is the most important (even to ensure the ledger won’t dislodge during normal use from people standing, sitting and walking on the deck). It is very important to make sure to add lag screws or bolts to the connection if it has only been attached with nails.
For cross bracing of posts, see page 17.
For connections of joist, beams and posts, see pages 18-20. Home improvement stores usually carry an assortment of metal straps, ties, hangers, ties, bolts and lag screws referenced in the document.