Well...the story is going downhill. I started cutting back on the rotting joist and found much more damage than I thought. Turns out someone had tried to splice this piece of wood before. I am not sure what to do at this stage. And at least two beams look to have the same problem. I am considering bringing the whole deck down and cutting back those joists so the rot does not get into the house. Any comments on that? I think I might be in over my head. There would ne to be posts put up at the edge of the house to support the beam up to that point. We were thinking about closing in that section of the house that is overhung anyways. Wtih the beams being questionable on the deck maybe this is the time to move forward on that. What started as a weekend project has now turned into something big.