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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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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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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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can a 2x4 withstand 200lbs out pressure on the 1.5" side? [closed]

I need to know if I cut a 2x4 at 42", which will be down the side of a 2x8 by 7 inches, carriage bolted at 2" and 5" below the surface of the deck, bolted through a 2x8 (1.5" thick), that will extend ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Understanding deck spans for beams.

I've been looking at various span charts for decks and I'm still not quite sure how to calculate it all when you take into account not just the joists, but the beams and posts as well. What we ...
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Cracks on Decking

I just moved into a first-floor apartment with a small wood deck in the front, and just last week I applied two layers of teak oil coating. Before that, I cleaned and brushed it with a special wood ...
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How do I prepare this cracked deck wood surface for staining? (Picture)

My deck is about 15 years old. I believe the previous owner stained it only once, when it was built. I've pressure washed it, and now am getting it ready for re-staining. However, a lot of planks have ...
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how to fix exposed deck in poor weather

We hired probably the wrong contractor to reseal our deck. Part of the deck is sheltered from above, but there is a walkway (pictured) which is not. The contractor tried to apply some waterproofing ...
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Solid wood beam size for deck 12' span post to post.

What size solid wood beam do I need for a deck that spans less than 7' from the house to the beam. The beam would have a span less than 12' from post to post.
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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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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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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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deck repair and painting

the previous owner painted our 1000sf deck but failed to maintain same. Currently the painted deck is peeling and several small areas have dry rot of the wood decking. what is the best way to repair ...
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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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Can plexi glass be used as a railing for a residential building?

Can someone cite safety regulations or building code specifications (for decking) that exclude the use of plexiglass, specifically for use as a railing material? Thank you in advance!