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Building a modular deck landing/ stair system. Basically the landing is 6x6. 25" off the ground with 2 steps down on 3 sides.My question is I have the option to use 4x4's instead of joist hangers with 2 lag bolts from the joist into the 4x4. Which way would I be better off? Hanger or no hanger and 4x4 instead? 12" on center 2x6 joists.
 

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If you are saying you will lag into the end grain of the 4x4, I don't think that's a very strong joint. Also, weight on the deck will eventually will split the ends. If I misunderstood and you are lagging into edge grain, that will be plenty strong
 

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I always use the hangers and never attach my decks,porches to the house. a free standing deck doesn't affect our taxes, but if it's attached it's part of the structure. we were being taxed $180. for having a porch on the front of our old house.
 

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Okay now I have another problem. How do I determine the length of the mitred stringers.? It's a 3 sided 3 step landing. I went and cut all the stringers, top step is 10" lower 2 are 11. But the corners are way out if wack.
 
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