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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

My husband is installing a new deck with pressure-treated lumber at our home in Tennessee. How long does he need to wait to paint, or should he stain the deck now?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is deck joist sistering a sloppy repair?

I have a few bad deck joists that I replaced with new PT joists. These repairs are great. Now I have a few more not too bad joists that will be rotted in a few years. I am thinking to add new PT ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I improve Pergola Stability?

The deck is nearly finished but I have a small structural problem with the pergola. A left or right force near the top of the pergola (such a a tall person leaning on the post) leads to a bit of ...
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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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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

I recently cleaned my deck using Behr deck cleaner and want to re-stain it before the winter. Do you recommend sanding the entire deck, or just the affected areas where the stain has come off? I was ...
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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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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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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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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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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...