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Nails for deck framing

I was told (as well as read online) that I should use 16d nails for deck framing. However I have been using nails labeled "Grip-Rite 5-lb 16D 3.5-in Hot-Dipped Galvanized Smooth Box Nails" in the ...
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Cosmetic fix for installing decking board when not parallel to house?

I am expanding the deck that goes very far (35 x 48 feet ~ 1000 sqft). So I am pretty sure the further end will not perfectly parallel to the house. It could be 1-2 inch off from one end to the other ...
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I need a concrete footing to be 5 feet tall. What circumference and reinforcement do I need?

I am building a deck which will be 24 feet off the ground. In order to use shorter posts can I build footings that will be approx. 5 feet tall from the soil line? If so, how wide around ...
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Correct grit and sander for sanding a cedar railing?

We have a cedar railing around a deck. The railing needs to be sanded prior to applying a water sealer. Two questions: What is the best grit of sandpaper to use? I read that using too fine of a grit ...
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Deck trimming lumber option

I am building a deck with 2x8 joists so the trim would be around 2x10 to have a look like these: OR However, I am not sure which materials to choose. Option 1 This one is pressure treated but ...
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The right size beams for deck [closed]

Building a 16'x16'two tiered deck, both sections equal,highest point approx 40"and one step down for second section with steps coming off that to ground.can I sandwich 2 2x8 together for beams or do I ...
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Safe deck surround distance for tree

I plan to build a deck around this small bing cherry tree. It's 3" diameter. I will have a beam running around 1 feet next to it on one side. The other 3 sides are flexible in term of what I can do. ...
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How to build deck posts into clay soil

I am a novice diyer and I am attempting building a ground level deck in my back garden. I have seen so many different ways to dig and fill the hole it's left me more confused than when I started. What ...
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Fix the big crack on wood post

We moved in a house at Dallas area and the wood post at my deck has a big crack in it, I read some post that it is normal, but if I don't treat it, will it keep cracking. Thanks a lot of any ...
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Can I frame over an existing deck with a new deck to raise the level?

I was looking at below photo and realized they basically put the trim joists of the platform on top of the bottom joists / beam. Is that allowed? I thought you have to actually put footings for the ...
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Does the granite countertop on my deck require separate footings?

If I want to have a granite countertop as a table on top of my deck, do I need to support the 4 corners with actual footing, like 4x4 with concrete? Or it is possible to just bold the 4 legs on the ...
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Do I need ledger board when expand deck?

I have a deck like below and I want to expand the direction where the arrow shows (sorry for an ugly photo). Do I need to put a ledger board right on the trim joist, or can I just hang the new ...
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Different joist spacing of extended deck

I have an old deck with 16" joist spacing but that was because they used 2x8 joists and span 9 ft with 3 ft overhang. I am planning to extend the deck but won't go further than 9 ft. So with short ...
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Can I use two 2x8 beams instead of one 4x8 beam for deck?

I am trying to "optimize" materials purchase when building a deck. So I got two questions: Is two 2x8x16 beams the same as one 4x8x16 beam for deck support? Do I need to bolt / nail them together or ...
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Do deck footings need to be spaced evenly?

I am planning to create a deck around 2 trees. Because of a irregular shape of the deck, it's hard to make the footing spacing uniform. I plan to have them 53" apart but some area will have footings ...
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Footing for deck on slope with one side near grade

I am extending my deck and plan to make it a freestanding deck (just to avoid attaching to the current one but it will be close on top). I plan to have a row of 4 posts on the lower level (left). ...
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Should I protect a freshly sanded, untreated deck from the weather?

I just Sanded my Deck. Unfortunately weather forecast has changed and it looks like it's going to rain for a week, so I don't have time to weather-proof it. Should I cover my freshly-sanded deck with ...
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Composite Deck Surface Mount Post Bracket

I noticed that for wood decks, there are surface mount deck brackets for the 4 x 4 posts. I just resurfaced my wood deck with composite. I have been unable to find those brackets for composite deck ...
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Flooring a concrete deck, without raising the floor (much)

I bought a house with a concrete deck 14x14' in size. I'd like to install some sort of flooring on the deck, however, I am worried about two things: The weather conditions, especially snow and rain, ...
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Flagstone deck and retaining walls

About 8 years ago my brother and I removed a large wooden raised deck in my parents back yard. To be more specific this is a ranch house with a basement and the back of the house is straight except ...
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Sealing seams between outdoor composite decking

To make the space under my deck more usable when it rains, I've installed rubber screen spline between the seams on my composite deck and also installed gutters at the low ends to channel rain water ...
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Recommendations for staining a deck that lives in the sun all year long?

I live in Colorado and have a new deck. It is hot as hell here in the summer and my deck has direct sunlight all summer. I've been looking for a type of stain that will work well in desert like ...
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Need advice on deck posts that will have concrete poured around them

I have a raised deck, attached to the side of my house on one side and held up by three posts on the other. Under each post is a small cement pad and the posts bracketed to those with a buffer piece ...
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Pouring concrete patio over deck piers

I'm thinking of getting rid of our current deck and pouring a patio. Under the deck are 14 8-10"x42" deep footers. I'm wondering if I'm going to run into settling issues since the footers won't ...
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How to remove dirt and stains from vinyl decking

I have a vinyl deck that hasn't been cleaned in likely 10 years, save for what little cleaning the rain routinely does. I just recently rented a Black & Decker 1700 PSI pressure washer. I ...
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Product identification/recommendation - the goo between sliding door and wooden deck

I'm replacing the lumber of my deck, and need to plan the join between the wooden steps and the sliding door frame. The existing seal seems to be working perfectly, so I'd like to replace with the ...
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How to keep bird away from leaving their droppings on the deck

Recently, I keep finding the bird droppings on the deck. Are there any ways to keep bird from leaving their droppings on the deck? Besides, are there any good chemicals that can clean the bird ...
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Ground preparation for deck pier block

I am planning to extend my deck, which uses pier blocks as below photo I cannot tell what's underneath this pier block because it was just dirt. There was no pour concrete for certain. So my ...
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How much extra decking to order to allow for offcuts

I'm ordering decking for my deck and I'm wondering how much extra I should order to allow for the variation in length of the supplied decking? For example my deck is 4100 x 4500 and the decking timber ...
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Cracks in deck supports

I have a deck supported by 6x6s. Two of which seem to be developing some sizable cracks. Should I be concerned? Can I repair / reinforce the posts?
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Adding height to an exsisting deck support pole

I have a small 5'x 8' deck platform that is 30" lower then my main deck. I would like to raise that platform to the existing height of my main deck. The platform has 4" x 6" supports set in concrete ...
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Will a Deck Get Damaged if it Rains Between Cleaning it and Sealing it?

I'm looking to clean and seal my deck as per this process, basically: Clean it Allow a week for the deck to dry Apply sealant The way I am thinking of timing it, there's a chance it may rain ...
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How to fix flaking paint on a deck railing and make it last?

Well, two years ago I painted my deck railing and now it looks like this. (Peeling and flaking off) My instinct is to sand it down with a random-orbital sander and then a wire brush and repaint, ...
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Would you replace these deck posts? How much life do they have left?

I have a small deck that needs care. The top side is in really bad shape (rails, floors, lattice, stairs) need to be replaced. The deck is above a brick patio and I think that the posts are set in ...
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Options for correcting improper deck beam to post attachments

We purchased a house with a large deck where the post to beam connections look exactly like the prohibited configuration shown here: The 6 x 6 posts are all attached to concrete footings using the ...
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Put a watering spigot on my deck

The deck off the main story of our house is two stories up (22 feet off the ground) and there is no water spigot. My wife would really like a spigot to attach a hose for watering her plants and ...
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Good way to fix a notched railing post?

My front porch has a corner railing post that is notched on two sides. The top is 4x4, but only about 1.5"x1.5" goes below deck and it's fastened to the rim joists there. It is quite wobbly, and not ...
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Extending an existing deck

I am thinking about extending my existing deck, 10 ft wide by 18 ft long and replacing the deck boards with composite decking. I would like to know how far can I extend the deck width without adding ...
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Attach rim joist to post supporting roof

I am going to build a small deck for a front porch to replace a concrete slab. The slab had a column that held up a post going to the roof above. If I replace the slab with a deck, the corner post ...
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Decking on a Metal Roof

I can't say for sure that I've ever seen a deck on a metal roof... is it against code? If not, can anyone point me in the right direction for information about building a deck (or a crows nest) on top ...
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How was this deck/fence panel built?

If you zoom in you can see that the posts have has a groove to slide in the boards but I wonder if they guy used spaces or screws to position the horizontal boards How do you make posts like this? A ...
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Can I shim the top of an 6x6 post that i supporting a beam?

I'll admit it - I cut a 6x6 fir post 7/8" too short. I don't relish buying a new one because of cost, it being the weekend, and the attachment to the base pier is with a knife-style simpson connection ...
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Wood Deck or Cement Pad

I had a larger roof built over my old deck. New 6x6's were used to support the new roof. They set on cement filled 8" tubes set 40 to 46 inches into the ground. I have been told I have to use 2x8 ...
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Add slope to existing flat porch/balcony

I have a patio attached to my house (like in the image below) As you can see, it is covered and over my garage. Although it is covered, it still gets rain and snow on it and, unfortunately, the top ...
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How do cedar and pine compare as decking materials?

I'm replacing an old deck in my backyard. The existing deck is about 15X15 and is at ground level. I'm trying to decide between treated pine (Ac2) and cedar. Synthetic/composite wood is too ...
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North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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How to repair a deck?

We need to repair the underside of our deck that appears to be breaking apart. Does anyone have any ideas on how to repair this? What materials should we use for repair? Thank you :-)
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Deck joists and ledger gap

Sorry if my terminology is bad, I tried to pick up some of the terms and do some research in the ICC before posing the question here. I've got a contractor replacing a deck for me and I noticed that ...
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Ground level deck - how to attach bearers to concrete

I'm building a free-standing deck that is at ground level on one side, and the ground slopes away to about 60cm on the other. My question is, what's the best approach for the bearers at the point ...
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Is it acceptable to attach elevated deck joists to rafter tails?

I'm having an attached patio built by a contractor. I am concerned about the quality of the construction. In particular the attachment of the patio joists to the house rafters. Instead of using a ...