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- More Loft Room Balconies -
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May 2008:  I aligned the rear frame board to the "A" crossbeam and temporarily secured it with a few screws, then drilled through both and used (4) 5/8" bolts for the permanent fastening.  I wanted a little more bracing on the outer edge before starting to walk around up there, so I used 2 more 2x4's.  Once the deck boards were fastened down, I started to consider what to do for permanent support beams.  I never wanted obnoxious pillars coming up from below, or angled support beams coming off the lower studwall.  So after a lot of thought and talking to some people about it, I decided that a couple 4x4's right in the middle (front to back) would do the job and look okay.  It created sort of a pivot point, I guess, but with all those 5/8" bolts through the "A" crossbeam, there's no way the thing is going to give.  Unfortunately the fly rafters are a little bouncy, so the structure will require more bracing down the road.

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Here you see it from the loft room, with and without the decking installed.  In the lower pictures you can see the 4x4 more clearly.

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