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Metal railing mounted on composite decking and composite joists

Is there a way to provide additional support to a metal railing mounted to a composite deck board? The long run of top railing sways a lot and will easily take off the screws in some time. The height ...
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Is it safe to reuse newer LP siding?

Is it safe (from water intrusion perspective mostly) to reuse newish LP siding? My project is to basically re-sheath, wrap and reside 3 walls. On the largest wall I pulled off this siding which was ...
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Help identifying composite decking

We purchased a home with composite decking. Some of it needs to be replaced. I've gone through the big box stores and dug around online, but can't figure out what it is we have. Hoping some wisdom ...
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Floating deck substructure—which is the better approach?

I'm planning a 16x19' ground-level floating deck, using deck blocks (they work well in my area). A big box store gave me a rough deck plan and materials which I've laid out (option 1), but I've seen a ...
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Is this dirt or the natural finish of my composite deck?

Update: Added two photos of the bottom of the deck I washed my composite wood deck with: 1 gallon of water 1 cup vinegar 1/4 cup baking soda Soft bristle brush I thought it would remove what looks ...
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Composite Deck Pooling Water

I recently bought a home with a composite deck staircase and landing. Today I noticed that the landing pools water and the spacing between the boards seems to be extremely tight. Is there a reasonable ...
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Composite post sleeves deteriorating

I have several 4x4 deck railing posts wrapped in composite sleeves. Some of the sleeves are rotting or deteriorating and I’m looking for solutions. I have considered replacing them but the colors of ...
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Should I let 2x4 pressure treated sleepers for composite deck warp/weather/dry before install

I am going to install composite decking on pressure treated 2x4 sleepers. The composite decking is attached via clips that slide in a groove of the composite decking. The clips only screw into the ...
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How to cut last composite deck board against house/solid objects after tracksaw cut

I've seen several (youtube) professional deck builders uses a track saw to make a nice cut line for breaker boards and edge picture frame boards. I got a cheap track saw hoping to do the same for ...
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Can I use composite decking material for a horizontal privacy fence?

I have 4x4 posts in concrete for my front yard fence. They are spaced 48" on center. Can I use composite deck boards for the horizontal boards instead of cedar? Or is that too long of a span? ...
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Resurfacing a raised deck; want waterproofing (dexerdry); need gutters? Also: comment on plan?

Thanks for reading. I'm starting the planning stage of a raised deck (without space underneath) overhaul/resurfacing. I have one concrete question regarding waterproofing but would also appreciate ...
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Existing joists span max 17.5in OC - Trex composite says max 16" allowed

Does anyone have experience with pushing the limits of joist span for composite decking? My joists are generally 16" OC but a few gaps are up to 17.5" max (one has a short section at 18"...
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Bring composite deck back to life

Is there a way to enhance the look of a composite deck ? This deck was built 5 years ago and looks little worn out. To make matters worse there were some paint droplets on the deck and i used a metal ...
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Can a hot tub be placed over composite decking?

I am building a deck for a hot tub and I want to use composite decking. Composite decking has many advantages as far as I see it. I won't have to paint it and it's water resistant. I have used it ...
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What Type of Caulking will adhere to Composite Decking for water proofing?

I need a sealer Caulk to fill a approx. 3/8" gap between my Composite Decking boards to waterproof and prevent water from dripping between the boards and going on to a deck below. I want the rain ...
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Can composite decking be installed on plastic bases?

I live in UK and I'm planning to install some composite decking in my garden. I see there are two options for me here: Click deck tiles Composite deck boards Can either of these be installed on a ...
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What factors go into choosing between 3-sided and 4-sided capping for composite deck boards?

I have been researching composite/PVC deck boards and the issue of how many sides are capped seems to not get enough attention, at least in the technical sense. What should I think about with regard ...
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Why don't my composite deck screws go in all the way? Why RT screws?

I'm trying to finish up a composite deck project. We had been using SplitStop screws when we needed them, but I only need about 30 more and don't want to buy another box of them because they're very ...
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Can I install composite decking directly on top of concrete?

Is it ok to add a flat deck over this concrete pad( the pad is about 5 inches tall, and slightly slopes away from the house. How would I go about adding decking over it. I'm pretty handy but just ...
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Covering Trex Enhance Board Ends

I am installing Trex Enhance decking and would like to know how to cover the scalloped profile ends. I could picture frame the deck to cover the ends. How much overhang should the board have before ...
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How can I extend a concrete step without repouring?

Two rooms in my house are connected with a set of concrete steps (one tread). As built, the ledge for the first step is inline with the wall framing. This means that when I add drywall the finished ...
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Best/strongest material to build a weatherproof shelf?

I will be building a shelf on the outside of the house to hold a 120lb (18,000 BTU) air conditioner. The worrisome constraint is that the two shelf supports have to be 38" apart**. The 24" wide AC ...
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Silicone use to bond wood boards at high temperature? [closed]

I'm in a composites manufacturing class, and I'm looking to make a one-off carbon fiber mountain biking handlebar from prepreg. As I don't want to invest in the metal needed to make a proper mold, ...
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Does composite decking hold more solar heat than wood decking?

In the Virginia townhouse I'm renting, there's a deck out back made out of composite decking material (or rather, topped with it; the underlying structure is wood). Stepping out onto the deck after it ...
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How can I build a long-lasting composite deck that’s exactly flush with the ground?

I love the look and feel of high-quality composite decking but I want it flush/level with the ground. In other words, I don’t want to step down off the deck. I particularly don’t want my small ...
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Are there any composite/plastic lumber brands that can be used indoor?

I need to build a platform/base in a partially finished basement that occasionally floods. The flood isn't much, about 1/2 inch, but it does stick around for a bit (at least until the dehumidifier ...
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Good alternative to wood fascia trim

My existing wood fascia is about as old as the house (~12 years) and its time to scrape, sand and repaint as I have some serious peeling in some parts. This is AZ so no boards are rotting though. It ...
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Softwood butcher-block name?

I used to be able to buy a lumber product at the big-box home-improvement emporium which was like butcher-block side-laminated panel, but made of soft wood (pine? fir?, etc.) I would like to make ...
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