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I use a 2 step wood wash which I spray on after getting the bench damp with a fast mist.I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then work over the area with a medium bristle boat brush which scrubs the top grey layer right off,leaving the original lighter colour.A very good rinse and a good overnight rest to dry out the bench leaves it ready to accept stain in ...
I used a palm sander to take down the grey and smooth the grain on my outdoor table. Then I brushed on a teak oil. It came out beautifully.
Miter joints are almost always susceptible to expansion issues like this. It's worse when exposed to direct moisture and heat. Caulking isn't going to entirely stop that from happening--may make it worse if it clogs the joint and leads to worse separation. Some ideas: Fabricate a metal wrap and drip ledge for the corner, if not the whole rail. Rebuild ...
I read through the answers provided here. I thought it would be good to provide some actual engineering information from an engineer on the topic. He references a chart that gives test info regarding a few nails and screws as an example. There is not much difference in sheer strength and a huge difference in tensile strength. Quality screws at local ...
TL;DR -If the question is if you can use a 2x4 for a post, then the answer is no. For guardrails see here, page 42 -6A (Chicago Deck Code). Whatever a 2x4 can withstand is irrelevant. Guardrail posts are to be at minimum 4x4s. The top rail is to be a 2x6 with a 'cap'. Maximum span for a railing between two posts is 4'. Use at minimum 5/8ths through ...
Will our deck ever dry? We used a Behr semi transparent stain and it is still tacky after 10 days. What is the story with this product? We prepped endlessly, so that was not a problem. Our deck doesn't get a lot of sun. Does this product needs unto dry completely? Vey aggravating.
We always level the bottoms (any bow uppermost) and then shim the tops (mostly because in a new build you'll often have joists sitting on walls too, so you get used to the bottoms being spot on and the tops out). Plus we use hangers with a heel plate that tucks underneath the mounting joist. However thats going back decades. We can ask for the joists to be ...
Toenail the joists in place even at the top. Then install joist hangers to permanently attach them.
Use joist hangers, aligning the tops of the joists so they're all level with each other before you nail the hangers into place. It helps to temporarily clamp a short (about 24" long) 2x4 to the tops of the joists, overhanging the end so you can hang the joist in place in exact alignment with the top of the rim joist.
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