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I have used a gurney on my decking taking away old paint comes up a treat Remember not to get to close if it is a powerful one as this could start ripping up the timber You can purchase a decent one from Bunnings for around $200 then I'm sure your use it on other areas as well
The wood looks to be in good shape; this is fortunate. I think your best bet is to use a large drum sander from a rental place; just make sure all the nails/screws are sunk below the level of the boards. If you use small power tools, it will take a lot of time, effort, and sandpaper. If you plan to re-use the spindles and they are painted, a grinder worked ...
Here's a few options I can think of. Lap joint If the wood is a bit thicker than the drywall, you could use a router to remove some of the material on the back side of the lowest plank (may require installing an additional plank, or extending the drywall). Then allow the lowest plank to lap over the drywall. Make sure you leave enough of a gap between the ...
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