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Large deck with hot tub built in the 80's, would love some help addressing the issues and how to repair [closed]

I'm decently handy, but am extremely green when it comes to decks, still learning a ton. I'm hoping to do some of the bracing and replacement myself. I own a shopsmith, skil saw and a miter saw. Known ...
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Integrate tempered glass into flat roof deck above existing skylight?

I currently have: Flat roof Non-walkable skylight Walking deck surrounding the skylight Railing around the skylight I want to: Remove the railing around the skylight Elevate the walking deck ...
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How should I deal with curves in new deck boards during installation?

My son is making a backyard deck of about 6 x 6 metres for my daughter. I am too old and doddery to help much, but am advising. Now we find that some of the planks (400 x 23 cm composite) are curved ...
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Deck stairs location/distance help

I'm in the process of repairing my old deck and while doing so, I want to relocate it's stairs. My question is, how do I determine how far my last stair should be or where I should build a concrete ...
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Should I attach my deck to the house?

I have a small, <30" high deck which is currently not attached to the house (stucco wall). My contractor claims it would be required by code (Location: San Mateo, California) to attach it to ...
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Replacing the rim joist (beam) on a 50+ year old porch

A 2x8 rim joist, that also acts as a beam, on a 50+ year old front porch is damaged and needs to be replaced. This rim joist is resting along its length on a cinderblock wall. I'm not sure if the ...
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How to delay or slow down rot in deck post?

My deck is almost 7 years old. I was concern about rotting in deck post. So i did dig carefully around one of the deck post for 6-8 inches down and i think i didnt see sign of rot yet. This post set ...
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Space between deck beam & joist and deck wobbles side to side

My deck wobbles from side to side. So I started looking underneath the deck to check what the issue was and how to mitigate it.  I noticed that the joists are attached to the beam using nails instead ...
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Is this deck post getting cracks due to it being overloaded?

I never seen such types of cracks online. Is this particular post overloaded. There is nothing on the deck. Also another closest post set 10 feet away. Any idea
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help identifying composite decking brand

I'm repairing an existing composite deck. Most of the parts are composite sleeves over wood and the wood has basically all rotted away inside the sleeves. Some of the parts have cracked due to the ...
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Umbrella Stand Screw Plug

I misplaced the screw plug for the water tank on my water-filled umbrella stand last fall. I can’t find anyone who sells replacements. The stand is this one: link. The opening is 1”. I don’t even ...
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What equipment is needed to raise the side of a pergola that is attached to a house by 1 1/4”

We have a pergola built on our deck and attached to our house. Almost complete. Have discovered that the side of pergola attached to the house needs to be raised by about 1 1/4” for a pitch that ...
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Replacing rotten rim boards on deck [closed]

Those black double 1x8 have rotted at all corners and I need to replace them: I think I can handle the demo part, cutting new boards to size and nailing them back onto the stringer. I may have to ...
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best way to plug unused screw holes in wood deck

my redwood 2x6 decking was originally screwed in from the top. the wood is in pretty decent shape, so i’m going to: remove the planks put joist tape on the joists flip the planks over use hidden ...
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I have bleach residue on deck after cleaning

I thought I was ready to stain with semi solid stain over previous semitransparent stain. I am noticing a residue that I believe may be left from cleaning with 30 second cleaner and added bleach. Now ...
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Patio Stones or Composite Deck Tiles

First time poster. Hope someone can help! Recently dug up a 10x16’ portion of my yard to build a patio for some outdoor furniture and a fire pit. I was planning all along to go 4 inches of crushed ...
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Enclosing an outdoor deck

I have a free-standing outdoor deck. It is 2 ft above the ground and the current decking is 1/2" x 6" with 1/2" spacing. It is in good shape. The deck is 12 ft x 16 ft. I want to ...
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Deck with poor drainage -- any chance of salvaging it?

I'm about 90% certain the consensus is "replace it all" but would love to avoid that if possible and could use a sanity check. (And if we do replace it, how best to avoid repeating these ...
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How to choose between standard post bases and high-uplift-resistance post bases for deck?

I designed a 12'x16', 16" high deck using Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software. I'll be using Trex 1" deck boards with 3/16" spacing. The software specified Simpson ABU post bases ...
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Deck, 2x4s flat on 2x10s, to bridge a steel beam

I'm rebuilding my deck. The support structure is made of 2x10 joists between steel beams. The joists are aligned 3/8" above the steel beam so that when the wood settles/dries, the beam doesn't ...
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Home made hot tub, estimating 3500 pounds

Looking to add a hot tub. Max loaded weight 3500 pounds over 8'×3' on a deck. Deck has joists 2x10s 12" to center across span. Stringer board 2x12", ledger 2x12", posts 6x6". Tub ...
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Can I reuse PT beams?

We took down a deck that was decades old. I was thinking of cleaning and reusing the 4x8 beams. They're filthy and the ends need to be trimmed, but seem ok otherwise. Any reason I should reconsider?
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Should I use stainless or galvanized structural screws for a deck?

I'm rebuilding my deck. 20 x 20, 10 foot spans in 2x10 joist between an h-beam structure. It goes over a garage entrance/car alley. My local big-box store offers something called Simpson Strong-Tie ...
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To renew deck or to replace it?

My deck is around twenty years old. The wood is becoming old and cracked. I wonder if it is repairable or shall I replace the wood with new pieces. If it is repairable, how can I? Shall I paint with a ...
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does pool deck need beams under it?

Of course if you ask someone, you're going to get lots of opinions. I did the deck design at Menards & Lowe's. Both show using beams. A contractor said he doesn't use them. The deck measures 16' x ...
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Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks?

Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks? red-colored stain for wooden decks and front porches? white-colored silicone-based roof coating mixed with red concrete colorant?
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New poured concrete footing 1 inch low

I poured concrete a few days ago and once it cured, one of them sunk. How could I raise the concrete 1" higher? I have installed Simpson Strong Tie adjustable post for the beam to sit right to. ...
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Will my deck support a hot tub?

I am moving a 9ft x 9ft hot tub that was sitting on a cement slab at our old house to a new one. Would like to place it on the existing deck & would be willing to “beef it up” if necessary to ...
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Replacing a small rotted deck, question about framing/step

So the small deck (or patio? it barely feels worth calling a deck at this point) on the front door of my house was rotted and sagging, so I pulled it out. After going over the DCA6 guide, I realized ...
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Too Much Gap Between Roof Decking?

Should there be gaps between decking, on a new roof? City inspectors passed the job but they didn't actually come to the site. Apparently they pass inspections based on photos provided by the roofers ...
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running new feeder from exposed-basement load center to basement wall-mounted subpanel, + adj. duplex receptacle, THEN outside for 2 deck circuits

Project Context: about to place deck boards on wholly redone, raised, attached, front of house/front door accessing, 6'x20' deck. We are in IL, just south of the WI state line. Before laying these ...
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Vapor barrier (sheet) over concrete pad below ground level deck?

I've just finished the framing for a low deck that's partially over a concrete slab (see pics below). As you can see, there is minimal clearance under the deck for air circulation. I'm now thinking I ...
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How to raise/lower half of a deck about 8"

I have a deck where one half of the deck is about 8" lower than the other half, and we just got a pavilion that is big enough to span both halves of the deck. Therefore, I'd like to make it all ...
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1920s Florida Craftsman Bungalow - Front Porch Deck

So I need to remove and replace my somewhat small covered front porch on my 1927 Florida Bungalow. I bought in 2019; porch was already showing some signs of rot at a couple board ends, since then its ...
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How to fix wobbling railing

I have a wood railing that is wobbly. It sits on top of a roof that has a waterproof membrane. The posts are attached to the roof via a threaded rod and nut which is affixed to the roof. The nuts are ...
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When building a deck can I double my ledger and extend it out to a post and use it as a beam?

I am planning a deck that wraps around a corner of my house. A logical and obvious place to put a beam happens to line up perfectly with a wall that was already going to have a ledger. So.....why not ...
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Finish siding after deck removal

I recently lost my job when I was going to get this repaired but now funds are limited so must do myself. I need some help on what the best course of action would be though if anyone is willing to ...
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2nd floor balcony Help

Recently open a couple of wood board on my 2nd floor balcony and found the pictures below. https://imgur.com/a/GQLQ5PR Not sure how to go about making this good again. A bit concern around the water ...
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gas fittings rusting

I ran a gas line under my deck for a future bbq hook up and outdoor gas fireplace. I didn't think much of the fittings I used and after a few days in the rain in Oregon they started to rust. The one ...
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Rotten porch post

I recently purchased a new home and the porch has a rotten post. I'm not entirely sure how to address it and would like some help because it seems like it's held up by hopes and dreams to begin with. ...
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Small deck on brick foundation

I have an existing 4x3m (~13'2 x 9'11 ft) brick foundation that I want to use as a base for a small deck. The wall width is 25cm (~10in). According to span tables I think I could just use 150x45 (~2x6)...
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Upper Deck Corner Supports Rotting on Top

I have a 12 foot high upper deck. I knew that the decking needed replacement, but when I started removing the far end deck boards, I noticed the corner support posts have started rotting at the very ...
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What's this material of my deck?

I always thought my deck is wood, but my neighbor came and said it's not. Now I'm in doubt. Anyone can identify the material and how to maintain it? Do I need to use sealer on it? Thanks!
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How would you design a code legal guard railing on a raised block deck that also has a 22" high block bench that runs along the deck perimeter? [closed]

In December a contractor built a raised masonry block deck with a wall/bench on top. I didn't plan the job well, so now I'm planning for 37' of guardrail. I would prefer the guardrail didn't hide ...
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Can my deck footers be this high above ground?

I need some advice on concrete footings. I am expanding my existing deck by 10 feet and I need to pour 4 concrete footings for the 6x6 #2 Southern pine posts I plan to set. Here is a screenshot of the ...
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What are some options for under decking fencing that allows access?

Right now I have a deck that has vinyl lattice (diamond shaped) surrounding it. Each piece is about 3 feet by 4 feet and is attached to support poles from the deck. The deck is about 5 feet off the ...
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Do I need to repour my concrete pier for my deck?

Good Afternoon, I spent Sunday digging getting a concrete pier ready for a second story deck I'm putting in. This is my first time pouring concrete and I mixed it to the specifications on the bag. ...
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Can you identify the source of these grooves/notches on the edge of the deck?

I have a nice new PVC deck ... BUT, these strange notches/grooves have begun to show up on the outside edge of the darker colored border plank. These were NOT here when the deck was first installed. ...
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How to waterproof this porch area over my crawlspace?

This area seems like a bad design - essentially a piece of flat roof next to the house... The previous roof/porch here didn't seem to have any slope, and all the water drained towards the house (to ...
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How to build up a triple 2x12 deck beam in place

I'm building a second story deck (~10ft above ground) and need to build up triple 2x12 x 22' beam. The beam will be resting on 6x6 nominal posts. In order to account for the extra inch gap I plan on ...
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