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It may depend on the specific fastener you're using but you shouldn't use the fastener type that would penetrate the flashing at the ledgerboard. The end closest the structure, like the terminal side, likely has a special fastener that can be attached only to the joist.


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Silicone caulk is about guaranteed to leak in this type of application. It hardens more or less fully, then temperature changes come along, and it loosens and leaks. Butyl rubber is more suitable, as it never fully hardens, so it moves with temperature changes and is less prone to peeling off and leaking. Another option would be to use some sort of EDPM ...


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Old decks get slippery when from organic material and worse with wax based sealers. Then there is the cosmetic blemish of aging with black stains from slow drying areas. Stain looks great but slows down the drying out process which aggravates spots where water collects whereas as unfinished dries the quickest but turns grey from UV. Appearance will vary ...


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Prep is always the most important step. Make sure the wood is dry. It shouldn't make too much of a difference that it rained after you sanded it down as long as it still has pores to absorb the stain. I always recommend placing a large tarp over the area so that if it does rain, you don't have to worry too much about your work.


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No! Only apply the coats you know will (hopefully) dry before the rain comes. I put 2 coats on our huge 40x60 deck. My husband was not happy with it and INSISTED a third coat even though I told him rain was in the forecast. I no sooner got things cleaned up when the sky let loose with a torrential downpour. It bubbled and washed ALL 3 coats off. I have ...


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It appears that the rim joist is pulling away from the joists to which it's nailed due to the outward forces on the railing. You could screw the rim joist to the joists (where those nails are now), which might give a bit more holding power, but you wouldn't gain a lot. Using lag bolts in this situation should be avoided because they won't hold well in the ...


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It appears that the rim joist to which the railing is attached was nailed/screwed into the end grain of the floor joists. This is an exceptionally weak connection and why toenailing is standard when fastening perpendicular framing. If this is the case, new screws or bolts won't really change anything. My recommendation is use framing connectors such as ...


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Smells high, but hard to be sure. Older and presumably less expensive implementations seen under sidewalks use more of a concrete grid with small pieces of frosted glass - better relative strength and modesty preserved, but no stargazing from the basement. And, if the glass was broken (it's usually quite robust) there's no chance of people falling through ...



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