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If I'm attaching a freestanding deck to cement landing, is it ok to have it sloped and not perfectly level?

When I took the original measurements of the step height, I didn't take into consideration the sloping cement landing areas off the last step. So my deck height, plus the 1" decking board is about ...
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Building an 18' x 8 foot free standing deck with pergola

My plan is to build an 18 x 8 foot free standing deck at the front entrance to my home. Then add a pergola over the entire deck. My area is sandy soil. No underground utilities in the area I want to ...
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deck railings: alternatives to 4x4 posts?

I'm working on a deck with a lot of level changes. Using 4x4 posts for the railing is undesirable because it'll look rather clunky. I am wondering if there are any examples someone can point me to ...
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Code for footings for a above ground deck

We are having a 12x16 deck built. It is free standing and about 4 and 1/2 feet above the ground and contractor put 6 footings using sona tubes but only for a 10x16. We explained that the contract ...
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Tacky paint on deck

I power washed my deck , waited 3 or 4 days . Put dry lock primer on , waited another 3 or 4 days . Put first coat of exterior paint on . 5 days later paint is still tacky . What is my problem ? PS I ...
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How do I replace 2x4 outdoor decking with 1x4 hardwood decking?

I have a small entry area deck outside my front door, roughly 70 sqft. The deck is currently made of 2x4's and a few 2x6's screwed into ~16" on center floor joists. I replaced the front door and ...
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Completely waterproof top of deck/shed (would TigerPaw work?)

I have a deck at my front door. I have made it so that below the deck is a shed. I am having trouble water proofing the top of the deck. I have seen many things on the internet to have something under ...
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What size posts for elevated Kids play house?

I'm building an elevated kid's play house. The raised platform will be 6' - 8' off the ground. The platform will be 8' x 10', the house will take up half of the platform and maybe less. I'm planning ...
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Adding rebar to deck footings and piers?

I've heard a few people mention adding rebar to deck footings and piers to make them stronger, but I haven't been able to find any details on how exactly to do this. Is it sufficient to just hammer ...
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How will concrete fill in?

So I am pouring some footings for a deck I am building and my current plan is to dig a hole that is 18" wide and 18" deep. I'm then going to suspend a sonotube about 6 inches above the bottom (using ...
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the deck is over the patio

2 storys. large deck wraps around front of the house at the upper level. underneath is conrete patio of the lower level. this great in the summer, the deck shades the patio and i great. however, in ...
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Should I use a stripper or sander to remove paint on my deck?

I have a deck that's maybe 10 years old and the previous owners used paint instead of stain. I want to remove the paint and I already started with the Behr Premium Stain and Finish Remover, but it's ...
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Attaching a deck ledger to the concrete pad of a detached garage

I am building a deck between my house and the garage. I will support the deck on one side with a ledger on the house and plan to support the other side with a ledger on the garage (with requisite ...
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What type of light deck stain would be durable in a New England climate?

The house I bought last year came with a deck around the above ground pool, but it was never maintained. It's about 11 years old now and starting to show signs of cracking and cupping. It hasn't ...
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Decking boards with grooves on both sides

I'm planning a deck build in the UK. The 3 biggest DIY retailers here all seem to sell decking boards which are grooved on both sides. There's a lot of mixed advice from the videos/instructions I've ...
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Restaining a deck after scraping, prime with oil base?

We have scraped and washed our large older pressure treated deck which had originally had an oil based semi transparent stain, but now has a latex solid stain. We have always followed our paint stores ...
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How do I properly prepare a deck for repainting?

The deck at my house is peeling (and showing at least one previous paint job before the last) and I want to repaint it. I was wondering the proper technique to prep the deck for the paint. I know from ...
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Free-standing deck joist layout

I'm trying to plan out a free-standing deck in an irregular-shaped garden. It currently has railway sleepers marking a garden bed around the west, north and east edges and the missus would like to ...
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After staining a deck how long until rain is no longer a concern?

I want to stain my deck with an oil based stain it is to be hot and sunny all day today 85 for a high and has been dry for last 3 days tomorrow's forecast say 70% chance of rain should I do this or ...
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Should there be waterproofing between the rim joist and ledger on new construction?

My new house is being built with a deck and I noticed that the framer has fastened the ledger directly to the rim joist without any sort of waterproofing between. The sheathing which is Zip system ...
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Does a contract to build a deck need an occupancy clause?

I am replacing an exterior deck. I've had several contractors out to give quotes, accepted an estimate from one, and am now in the position of signing (or not) a contract for the work. It's a lump sum ...
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Deck diagonal bracing alternatives

The IRC prescriptive deck guide calls for decks taller than 6' to have diagonal bracing placed parallel (planar) to the beam from post to beam. My deck, which is built with a beam on one side and a ...
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How can I fix composite deck railing that wasn't installed with brackets?

Had a contractor install a composite railing on my deck and he did not use brackets to secure the railings he just screwed it to the posts. This was 3 years ago, it looked great at first but, over the ...
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Stain a half stained deck

I now own a deck where the previous owner (for some reason) stained half of it a year or two ago (they did mostly the inside). I'm lucky to have the same product that was previously used. If I stain ...
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How to fix sagging composite deck railing

I have a composite deck (Fiberon boards with a Trex Designer railing system). The guy that built the deck didn't install any of the crush/foot blocks and now the railings are sagging. He's no longer ...
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Rebuilding an exterior deck is it better to use screws or nails?

I have a deck that is old and falling apart so it is time to replace it. To replace the deck boards I plan to remove existing, measure boards, cut new board and put the same size and board back into ...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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deck post design

I am DIY building a deck and have a question about how to create the deck posts. I have dug holes 4 feet deep to compensate for the local frostline and plan to place a few inches of gravel at the ...
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Deck: Connecting Band/rim joist to floor joists

I'm building a deck. Joists are sitting on top of the beam and cantelever over the end of the beam a bit. What is the appropriate way to connect the rim (end of the deck that is perpendicular to ...
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DIY Deck Stripper Formula

I'm stripping latex off my second story deck (8x38). I've stripped approximately a 12x8' section using 2 gal of Jomax Stain & Finish Deck Stripper. (This should have been enough to do 200 sqft ...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

I'm planning to build an elevated deck. I was going to dig the holes for the posts, put them in and set them in quikrete. I've done this for a fence and I'm comfortable with the process. A deck ...
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Should I notch deck posts?

My neighbor's elevated deck is supported by 2 6x6 posts connected by 2 2x10 boards. The posts are notched so that the 2 boards are sitting side by side in the notch and are bolted to the post (L ...
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Corner post for flush beam deck

I'm replacing my deck. I would like to use a flush beam (same level as joists) at the edge opposite the ledger because I plan to put a roof over it and I can put the roof posts right on top of the ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...
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How can I remove paint from a wood deck so I can stain it?

We recently purchased this house and the deck was painted. It now needs to be repainted, but we want to stain it. We are in the mountains and can not use a pressure washer since we do not have ...
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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Should I build a deck over my existing concrete patio or other?

I have a very challenging, small, north facing, graded back yard. The lowest portion of the yard is totally unusable. Attached to the house is a small concrete patio slab that at the highest point is ...
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Do I need to redo this deck or it would be OK to clean it and repaint it?

Do I need to redo this deck or it would be OK to clean it and repaint it ? In my opinion the floor is in bad shape and so are the top rails By law info
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How to properly hire contractor(s) to fix deck and railing deterioration?

During home inspection while buying our place the inspector underestimated the cost of the job to fix rot that got inside the railing on a tiny (~3'x3') balcony/deck. He said it would cost ~$1000 to ...
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Mounting plumbing to existing outdoor deck. What kind of pipes and fittings should I use?

I'd like to install some plumbing underneath my deck to facilitate running a hose on the deck via quick disconnect couplers. My preference is to run schedule 40 PVC pipes underneath the deck. There ...
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How can I construct a lightweight privacy panel 3-4ft high by 8ft long or thereabout?

I have a two-story deck with the upper part on the roof, and I lay on top to sunbathe. The top was surrounded by a fence, but after installing solar panels close to the deck I removed a large part of ...
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Using old roof footings for a ground-level deck

I had a 40 year-old, asphalt shingled, hip roof (14x18) over a concrete patio that had 4 posts w/footings that supported it in a line opposite the house. The footings, that are still there and were ...
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Where to start with raised deck

I currently have a flat roof over my patio which looks really solid as it is an extension of a flat room from my living room. I want to have someone come out and verify the integrity of it along with ...
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I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot?

I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot? Are there any benefits to choosing one over the other? Should I expect to see better quality from a ...
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Can I hang a swing from 2 by 8 roof beams?

I have a deck where the roof overhang goes out about 5-6 feet. I'd like to hang a porch swing from the roof beams. I'm looking at three person swing (similar to this model). The adults in the house ...
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What kind of patio flooring is safe to use on top of a rubber-treated balcony?

I have a balcony that is treated with rubber, it looks similar to a rubber roof to me, as is shown in the picture below. I am wondering if the IKEA SKOGHALL decking can be used safely with it: it ...
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Does a long deck beam need a post at staggered joints?

I am designing a deck that requires 40' beams. In that design I plan to fabricate the beams with 2-2x12 pressure treated lumber. I have tentatively planned to arrange the plies in this fashion: 1st ...
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Do I need concrete footings for a free-standing deck

I want to build a free-standing deck (no ledger board) which is only about 6 inch over the ground. The deck size is 22 X 14. After that I'm planning to put a metal permanent patio cover (20 X 14 x ...
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can I use a thick coating to fill the gaps between planks on wood deck?

I want to use the space under my deck for entertaining when its raining. What would happen if I used one of the thick bed liner type wood coatings and simply applied it to the decking and also into ...
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...