**posts should**be spaced no more than 8 feet

**apart**. Some builders position them every 4 feet for a completely rigid frame. The maximum

**distance between**footings is determined by the size of your joist material.

Similarly one may ask, how far apart can 6×6 posts be?

In general, the maximum span for a 4-by-6 beam is 6 feet **between** 4-by-4 **posts**. If you move up to 4-by-8, you’re usually allowed to span up to 10 feet **between posts**. A 4-by-10 **can** usually span up to 12 feet **between posts**.

Additionally, should I use 4×4 or 6×6 deck posts? A short **4×4** can carry an awfully big load, and many **deck** builders **use 6×6 posts** as a standard, regardless of the height or load of the **deck**. Though the height of a **deck** is often questioned only in regard to the requirement for guards, it is a factor in determining the height or âspanâ of the **posts**.

Similarly, how far apart should the posts be on a deck?

**Distance** Between **Deck Posts** The code requires that the wood railings are spaced 6-feet **apart** or less on the flat part of the **deck**. Any **deck** that is 8-by-12 or larger will need a **post** installed at each of the corners. A line **post** needs to be placed between each pair of corner **posts**.

How many posts do I need for a 12×16 deck?

A standard **deck** will **need** four footings parallel to the house, but they will **need** to be temporarily braced by 6 inch-by-6 inch **posts**. Using doubled boards, you will then **need** to build beams on the top row of the **posts** to frame the edges of the **deck**. These must be topped with adjustable post caps.