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Questions tagged [deck]

For questions generally relating to outdoor, semi-elevated, non-enclosed structures such as decks, gazebos, pergolas, etc.

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Metal flashing with polycarbonate deck cover

I had fiberglass deck covering for over 30 years, it got incredibly dirty & nasty so I replaced it with polycarbonate. The problem occurred the first heavy rain (I live in Oregon valley), the ...
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Can I get my house assessed with my rebuilt deck not up to code

We're in the midst of rebuilding our old (cedar) deck and replacing with composite. The decking itself is done, as are the stairs from the top level to the lower level, but we haven't finished the ...
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Does the front rim joist have the strength to support this deck?

Should I just lag bolt the ledger to the rim, or should I reinforce the rim joist with say a simpson strongtie htt4, and carriage bolt, and cut some cats to attach it? It seems that if there were a ...
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Building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' is too narrow

In building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' (where the beams are attached to each other with FastenMaster ThruLoks) is too narrow (~5" versus 6" expected) ...
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Can't find enclosures for custom deck stair lighting

I'm building a custom deck stairs lighting system. I have purchased RGBW 40mm diameter waterproof LEDs and want to install them in the stair risers. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC24V-RGBW-DMX512-...
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Can I use three 2x8 beams instead of two 2x10s for a deck?

Can I have 3(2x8) beam/girder with 2x10 joists 12" OC? I'm building a 16x16 ledger mounted deck. Two footings were poured a little higher than they should be. There are four 16" footings of 5,000 psi ...
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Extending 4x4 Deck Posts

I have a deck about 6FT off the ground with old 4x4 posts that stick up about 24" above the existing deck. I replaced the decking and when installing the railings, I noticed the posts on the deck ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How to frame a level change

I’m trying to decide on how to frame a step down. My lower deck is on a slope, where it meets the upper deck is18 3/8”. I’m planning on a 2x8 flush beam construction. The upper beam will be 19 1/4” ...
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How close can a deck post footing be to a retaining wall?

How deep does a deck post footing need to be if it’s directly behind a retaining wall?
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Winterizing new wet-treated pressure treated pine deck

We’re in a townhome and replaced our small 2nd floor deck/porch with wet-treated pressure treated pine 3-4 weeks ago. We had to do it well in advance of the other units for safety reasons. There’s a ...
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How can I reliable crimp aluminum ferrules without a specialized tool?

Is there another way to crimp aluminum sleeves without having to buy a $40+ crimping tool that I will only use for this one project? Or at least is there a crimping tool that has another use? I don'...
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Cedar wood strong enough for hinge?

I am attempting to build my own gate for an 40 inch break in the fence so that my deck could be fully enclosed. I bought a self-closing latch that says the max weight it could hold is about 50 pounds ...
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Attaching ledger board

I am attaching a 2x8 ledger board. The issue I have is where the attached ledger needs to be. There are floor joist that are not 7 on center. I installed 2x8 blocking in between nailing them in from ...
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Deck Staining with a little light drizzle

Can I apply deck stain if there is a slight drizzle of rain?
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Extend front porch deck 7"

We are building a small cabin and the pier blocks are extending 4.5 inches past the face of the deck framing. When we were building, we didn't think of it, but now that we are in finishing stages and ...
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Help with moldy deck from bad boiled linseed oil job

I need some opinions on what to do about my deck. About about a month and a half ago we applied linseed oil to our deck. Our first mistake was that the deck had a sealant, so the oil didn't really ...
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Hill side soil erosion control around deck

I've got a fairly large deck that sits, in part, on a hillside. Over the past years the soil is eroding away such that I'm getting worried about the outermost posts. I know I need to put a good amount ...
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Will Varsol eventually evaporate from my deck boards so I that deck sealer will bond well?

I am finally about to repaint my 20 year old deck with Restore. This project has gone on for far too many days already and I think it would have been easier (and cheaper if you count my time) to ...
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Attaching a surface-mount deck post into tripled-up joists?

My existing deck has a railing system that has no posts - just wooden ballusters secured to doubled-up joists on the ends and to the rim joist on the edge. I'm interested in switching to a composite ...
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How can I handle this splice joint between two shorter pieces of lumber?

I want to build a mostly ground level deck. I have created plans and I want it to be 16' x 20' one long side will have a notch for a circle of rocks and a firepit. my issue is along straight the 20' ...
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Adding new joists to old deck: lumber size mismatch

Very new to this forum, forgive me for any mistakes. I am replacing the decking on an existing deck at my house, and the new decking is a composite PVC cap stock product. The old decking was cedar, ...
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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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Planning an oversized deck [closed]

we are planning on building an oversized deck 50 foot long, 18 foot wide, 9 foot high Using 2x12x18 southern pine decking joist. Planning on spacing post 6 foot apart. I’m looking for advice ...
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Replacing deck joist - board width mismatch

I am working on replacing decking and found a couple of rotted joist I decided to replace as well. The joist size is 2x8-12. I purchased the replacement joists however when I took one rotten out and ...
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Cleaning and staining decks and fences

I have cleaned my deck and was planning on staining it. My problem is the weather is calling for rain everyday for the next 2 weeks. How long will my deck be ok without stain?
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Concrete or gravel for deck post?

I am building a deck and keep getting some conflicting messages when it comes to backfilling the holes. Already dug down 24”, added gravel for drainage and 4-6” of concrete (hole día approx 12-15”). ...
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What to use to backfill around the concrete pier block?

Given the image above: What should I use to backfill the hole around the concrete pier block? I am thinking to use one of the following: (1) Paver base (again) (2) Gravel (3) Just the dirt that I ...
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How to ensure correct distribution of beam load over deck posts?

Given the illustration above: Are there any tips on how to ensure that the beam load is correctly distributed across the three posts? All posts are adjustable (up/down) via hex nuts so I have full ...
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Wait time for staining pressure treated deck

Have read many answers about how long to wait prior to staining pressure treated pine deck (a few days to a year or more!). My question is: if I screw down the floor boards, how will I stain the ...
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Can I build deck on top of patio?

I have a large concrete patio at the rear of our house - 12 inches thick, with no settlement noticed (it's been down for about 7 years now). We're considering extending our deck out; at the moment we ...
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I spend long time in picking lumber. What do you look for when selecting boards?

I typically spend very long time in front of the lumber aisles inspecting boards. Many times I end up not getting anything after all because I thought all boards are imperfect. I see pros spent few ...
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Ground-level Free-Standing Deck Frame (Feedback Requested)

I would like to ask for your feedback on the deck frame illustrated in the image below. It is a ground-level, free-standing deck. All your feedback is highly appreciated! Iteration 1 [Edit] ** ...
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How to mate two pressure-treated 2x6s together?

I want to mate two 2x6s pressure-treated boards (span = 8') so that I can use them as a beam for my ground-level floating deck. Should I use a construction adhesive? Anything special given that the ...
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Azek PVC deck boards with Joist Tape?

I bought the Azek PVC boards from a local store and I am starting to install the boards soon. I am using pressure treated for the frame, the store I bought the board suggested to use "Joist Tape" to ...
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How to connect two 2x4 to 4x4 post base?

I am looking for a way to use a 4x4 base to carry two joined 2x4s as in the picture below. The problem is that there is a 0.5 in. gap as the actual width of the two boards is 1.5+1.5 = 3 in. while ...
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Deck is moving away from house

I have a 8 x 8 deck, attached to the house since initial build. All in good condition, ledger and bolts, inspected and main boards repaired in 2014. It sits in a corner on a 4 x 4 post, again in ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...
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Deeply notched deck post also supporting a roof

This seems like a lot of lost beam for a support that is also supporting a complete roof structure. Am I being paranoid? Please help ... before the builder gets farther into this deck construction. ...
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How to install screen door on outside?

I'd like to install a screen door for accessing my deck. Currently I have French doors with one that is stationary and one that opens to the inside. Looking at the existing setup, it appears that ...
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Sanding a mildewed deck

Rented a cabin for vacation use for a year. It has a covered back deck that was power washed, not allowed to dry in December by landlord and then "sealed" with awful Thompson's. Smell is awful and ...
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Proper fasteners for Post/Beam/Joist intersection

So I am building a deck, and I have a point where a post, the deck beam, and a joist all meet together as shown in the (crude) drawing attached. What would be the appropriate fasteners to use in this ...
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Deck Joist Hanging Options

I am trying to design a replacement deck for my home. Local regulations require IRC 2015 and the area is designated SDC D2. The surface height of my deck will be ~8' 8" above grade and there is a ...
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Roof deck scupper repair

I have a roof deck with two scuppers over my bedroom. I found out by doing a water test that one of the scuppers leaks a LOT. How do I repair this properly? I looked at a few youtube videos but they ...
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Diagonal Bracing Requirements

I'm currently designing a deck to replace an existing deck on my home. The new deck is subject to different codes than when the original was built. The city provides a link to a design guide which I ...
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Extending existing deck parallel

I want to extend the existing deck on the right side of the diagram. The diagram is the existing deck layout, 14x10 with 2x8 joist 16in oc, the beam is a double 2x10 sitting on 4 posts which are 4ft ...
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What moisture content of wood is desirable for building an open veranda?

My family is planning on building an open veranda in Europe in a climate with the average annual percentage of relative humidity of 76.0% and the standard deviation of 8.5%. The framing will be done ...
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Ledger for Exterior Stairs - Attach to Existing Wood or Remove and Add Ledger

I'm adding steps to the exterior of my house. I know the steps need to be attached to a ledger. However, I cannot decide what the white piece of wood that is already there: Is it a ledger without the ...
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Are these joists to code?

I am resurfacing my deck and have applied for a county permit to do the work (therefore it will be inspected). I have a protrusion at my house to support a chimney. The size of the protrusion is ...
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Deck Continuous Rim Joist Connection

I am planning on redoing the surface and the railing of my deck. In the process, I plan to remove the cantilevered portion past the existing beam. This will place the existing 2x10 joists resting to ...