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Can I use Murphy's oil soap to remove pine sap from composite decking?

Does anyone know of anyway to remove pine sap from composite decking? I saw some posts that recommended using Murphy's Oil Soap for removing it from wood decks. How to Remove Tree Sap from a Wood ...
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Ledger larger than house rim joist

I want to attach a 2x12 ledger to my house, but looking at the rim joist of the house it seems to be a 2x10 sitting on two 2x sill plates. Is it a problem attaching the 2x12 ledger to the 2x10 house ...
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Will a mixture of acrylic and oil stains dry?

I mistakenly mixed acrylic and oil stains. While difficult to apply, it does look nice. Will it dry?
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Can I turn a 4 X 4 deck post, eight feet high, into a 6 x 6 post by laminating a 2 X 6 and 2 X 4 to it?

My mother-in-law has a deck 8 feet off the ground that is is built with 4 X 4's for support, with only one notched 2 X 6 rim joist on the outerside of the deck which also supports the 2 X 6 joists ...
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Is clorox outdoor + jomax safe on vinyl decking?

I used the recipe suggested in this question to successfully clean my vinyl siding. Its a combination of Jomax, Clorox outdoor, and water. I'm wondering if this solution will work fine on my vinyl ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I convert an enclosed deck to an open deck?

I have an enclosed deck that is basically worthless. It has a metal roof and bakes in the summer (and spring and fall for that matter) making it way too hot to use, and leaks in the winter (and ...
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How should I attach a pergola to my rooftop deck?

I know my sketch is pretty rough but I want to add a pergola like this to my rooftop deck. I obviously can't sink the posts into the ground. What is a recommended way of attaching the posts? I was ...
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Should I use silicone caulk on the side of a deck ledger?

I have a deck ledger attached to the rim joist (the vinyl siding was cut away), and some flashing above the ledger. On the side of the ledger there is a gap between the end of the 2x10, and the ...
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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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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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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Glass deck above basement addition [closed]

We're planning to expand our basement underneath our deck and would ideally like to cover this section of the deck in glass as in this photo. (Posted: Wear skirts at your own risk!) Our architect ...
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How do I support a deck that spans a driveway? [closed]

I am planning to reinforce my deck, as it is has a lot of sway, and was built with 12' 4x4s, and not 6x6s. The deck spans my driveway, which is the width of a two car garage, so a fairly decent span. ...
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What is the proper deck footing depth in Connecticut?

I'm moving a deck footing for an existing deck, the current one is in the wrong location and it's too small. What is the proper depth in Connecticut in order to ensure that it doesn't suffer from ...
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Preparing a deck & playset for re-staining

The question asked here is pretty much similar to mine except that there are few splinters and chipped wood on the deck. How to smooth those out? Also there is a kid's play structure (with steps and a ...
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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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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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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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Putting PT Piers in Ground

I'm building an attached deck and have already buried precast piers in the ground. Unfortunately, I had to dig so deep that the tops of the piers are below finished ground level. I'd rather not bury ...
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What is the best covering for a redwood deck to keep the wood's character?

I am installing a new 2000 sqft deck, in an urban home. It will get intense sun, need low maintenance. The builder wants to cover all 6 sides of each board. Is this realistic or even cost effective ...
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How do I correct free-standing deck moving away from home?

I have what is primarily a free-standing deck (18x22) in the back of my house. I say "primarily" because I did nail into the ledger board underneath my glass sliding door, but only there. The rest ...
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How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves. 1 1/4" hole in concrete. Sleeve is 4" deep. Broken at the top, no flange left on top.
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Can I dig up next to my foundation to add height below my deck for storage?

The previous homeowner had a deck. Then he enclosed it. Then he dug out underneath it about 3-4 feet, cut into the foundation, and put a door from under the basement to under the deck. It's about 7ft ...
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How do I plumb LP gas lines for multiple things? Tiki torches, grill, smoker

I am an experienced DYIer and am starting my research on building my deck. I would like to plumb it for eight tiki torches, a grill and a smoker. I have experience plumbing gas, I plumbed my last ...
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How can I attach a 2x to a deck joist to give more room for stair stringer?

I am attaching stairs to a deck coming perpendicular off of the joist. To attach the stair stringers to the deck I need to add a 2x6 below the joist so the stair stringer hanger can attach to it. I ...
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How do I remedy a ledger board that is pulling away from the house?

The ledger board of our deck is attached with nails only. One side is beginning to pull away. I put in more support posts so it is not separating further. What would be best to remedy the ledger ...
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How can I build my own deck canopy?

I'd like to build my own deck canopy, and not purchase those retractable awnings that don't seem to last so well out here in Colorado (can be very windy). I have the 'basic' idea in my head but are ...
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What kind of trim should go under a deck patio door?

So an inspection on my brother's house revealed that it has been missing any kind of trim under the patio door that goes out to the deck -- possibly since it was built (he says he just never noticed ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...