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Composite deck stair overhang vs. flush

I am installing composite decking stair and I found there are two ways to do it: One inch overhang: Flush and show fascia edges: What are the pros and cons of each method? I tend to go with the ...
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Should pergola posts be set into concrete, or elevated with chemical anchors & footings?

So I have researched this extensively online, but the results are contradictory. Some will say 'set in concrete', others 'set in gravel' and them some will advice 'compact the surrounding dirt'. All ...
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How to install Trex decking board as top rail?

I like to install the Trex decking boards on top railing like this The goal is not showing screws on top. So I must screw in from the bottom through the top Universal Rail. But what is the "...
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Applied stain to deck and still not dry after a week, what can I do?

I decided to restain my deck last week since it was looking pretty worn after a New England winter. The deck is only 1 year old since we bought new construction. I contacted the builder and purchased ...
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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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Can I attach a freestanding deck to concrete block garage wall?

I'm certain you can't attach a ledger to cinder block that is why the deck is going to be free standing. However, I would like to know if the deck could somehow be secured to the garage. Kind of like ...
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Sagging Deck rail repair

This question below that someone else asked fits my situation. One of the answers said to use double wedges. What are those? How can I raise the railing slowly so as not to break or crack the ...
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Duplicate/extend outdoor GFCI outlet with above ground PVC conduit?

So I am in the final stages of a deck rebuild, and at the last minute thought about a slight change. To the right of this photo you can see an power outlet on the wall, currently has a yellow ...
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Wooden deck butting up to retaining wall not square

My husband built a deck from our house out toward our retaining wall. The wall is not square with the house. We are on a budget and want to make this aesthetically pleasing now, and will redo the ...
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poured piers for deck but j-bolts are loose

I've poured some piers for a deck (deck will be ~20 inches off the ground). As I was tightening nuts that hold on the fitting, the j-bolts kept getting loose. On the first one, I re-tightened a few ...
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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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Can I notch roof posts to install deck beams?

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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Use Textured Strand Lap Siding or concrete board to attach outside deck trim

I want to "cover" the outside of the deck trim because the look of treated wood isn't good. But if I use deck material (composite) to run around, it's going to be expensive. I am planning to just use ...
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How can I build deck stairs flush with the end of the deck?

I have a deck design where I want stairs coming down perpendicular to the joist starting at the end of the joist. You can see the picture as a generic not to scale drawing of what I mean. I had ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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Is this base idea sufficient for a ground level, not attached to the house wooden patio?

I have a rough plan for a ground level deck. The deck will not be attached to anything though it will sit under and extend a bit from a free standing pergola. My plan is to bury most of a cinder ...
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How to protect outdoor transformer plugging into in-use outlet?

I have an outdoor DC transformer for lighting system that must connect to an outdoor outlet. It's not hardwired. So if I plug this transformer to an in-use outlet permanently, how do I ensure that ...
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Is it OK to mount outdoor electrical outlet box to deck trim board?

I see most places have outdoor outlet either standing by itself (via post or something hard) or mounted to wall. If I run my wiring under the deck and when it comes out, can I mount it on the side of ...
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Outdoor wire gauge for deck post cap light

I am installing deck post cap lights and have a few questions on the type of wire to use. My deck is large, around 50 feet x 35 feet. So the wiring must go around for all the posts. I plan to use LED ...
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Run new electrical wiring in backyard from existing wall outlet

I am planning to run a new electrical wiring in my backyard and start from where the current outlet is at the wall (behind my kitchen): It's right above the deck and here is the picture under the ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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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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Where is the ledger supposed to attach to the rim joist?

If you look at the pic there's a gap right under the door way, about 5 inches deep and high. The rim joist of the house is halfway behind the brick and the other half is exposed right under the door. ...
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Under Deck Ceiling Using Barn Steel Roofing Panels

I priced underdeck ceilings at $12/sq ft installed. That is just way more than I am willing to pay, and I am just not that fussy, so I am going to do my own under deck ceiling using barn steel ...
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Am I required to use footings when building a deck or can I just have the posts resting on the ground? (Wisconsin)

I want to build a deck for my house but I don't really want to dig holes and pour concrete for the footings. Can I just build the deck on ground level using something like this to support the posts? ...
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How can I attach angled beams to a post?

I'm designing a deck with 3-2x10 beams supported by 6x6 posts. I know when the beams go straight across the posts I can use any number of brackets designed for that purpose, like Simpson AC4 (or AC6, ...
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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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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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Cracks in deck supports [closed]

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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Why does the maximum deck overhang sometimes decrease with joist spacing?

The deck construction guide for my area contains this table: Look at the "Allowable Overhang" columns. It's odd that a wider joint spacing (24") permits a longer overhang. For example, look at ...
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Electrical wiring under deck

If I run electrical wiring under a deck, what conduit and strap material / grading do I need? It doesn't have to be the underground / metal materials, right? I like to build something similar to this ...
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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How to find a deck sealant that is compatible with some old sealant that I can't find anymore

I am cleaning and re-sealing a wood deck. I have an old half-can of sealant that I would like to use up. I asked the manufacturer how to find the current product, and they told me this is the one: ...
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Removing part of a railing to create an opening for a gate

I have a deck railing that I'd like to remove part of so I can create an opening in which I can install a gate. I see two ways that I could do this and would like some perspective on which is best. ...
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Which floor sander do I need to tidy a room and to strip paint off a deck?

I'd like to sand the hardwood in a bedroom and a somewhat weathered deck. The bedroom is mostly in good condition, but in a couple of spots the wood is worn from traffic and furniture. I could forego ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Can I build a deck this low to the ground?

I want to build a deck off the back of my house. The door is near grade level, about 1' above. The grade doesn't have very large slope, so that means that the beam at the far end would be below grade: ...
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How should I fix a railing to a suspended concrete slab

I am building a suspended terrace as per the image below The terrace is 1.5 metres deep, and has two long sides of around 9m and 4.5 metres. At A, B, C, and D are concrete foundation piers We ...
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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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Do I get away with the wrong screws and holes on a deck if the paint will cover both?

Before sanding and then painting a deck, I've turned the screws a little inside so they will not rip the sandpaper. Before I ask my questions, let me just mention that I've found it easier to unscrew ...
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What would happen if I covered my deck in pavers?

I have a deck. A very strong deck. Instead of sealing it every year, could I cover it in pavers instead? The wood is treated, and the deck is raised so it would drain. Also, the pavers would protect ...
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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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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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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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What to use as a spacer where deck joists overlap?

I have a long deck that must do sister joists on top of a beam. I was reading this thread Is deck joist sistering a sloppy repair? and look like it's better to use spacer in between. Is it OK to use ...
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Metal bracket to hang stringer below joist?

I need to hang a stringer (basically another 2x8) right below my deck joist 2x8. Look like this photo Can you tell me what kind of hanger / bracket is it in the red circle? The article is from ...
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Attach one-step to ground level deck

I want to do something like this photo but I don't know how to attach the one-step platform thing: I circled two areas that should be attached by nails (assuming 16d Common Nail). But the photo ...
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Cutting joist for skewed joist hanger

Do I need to cut the joist lumber's end at an angle so that it sits flushed to the beam when installing skewed joist hanger? The below video tells me that it's not necessary. https://www.youtube....
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Maple/helicopter seeds stuck in deck gaps

The gaps in my deck are routinely jammed with "helicopter" maple seeds, which lodge with the hard seed just above the gap. The "blade" of the seed anchors them so firmly that no blower or pressure ...
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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 ...