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Decking - Shorter Sister Joists for Abutted Boards?

I have an existing deck that I am refurbishing. The deck is only 18" off the ground. The existing joists are in good shape. I would like to use shorter deck boards with abutted ends due to the ...
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Building a Mezzanine Office 2x10s or 2x122

Working on building a mezzanine in my shop for a small office. I am currently trying to figure out the best way to build it. I am thinking 2x6 walls 24OC and 2x10s 12OC. 16 FT Span. Should I upgrade ...
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Please help - wonky post location on pergola - concerned with shearing and stability

So ever since my wife pushed me to move the post off square I've been searching online (periodically for about a month and I've never found someone dumb enough to have done this and had a tutorial or ...
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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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Why can't I remove this trim board?

I'm re-surfacing our deck. On one section where it meets the house, this piece of 1x12 trim had rotted a way on the bottom where it met the deck. I believe it is cedar, which is what the rest of the ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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Attach Deck Joists at 45° angle without Hangers

I'm building an octagonal freestanding deck and having trouble figuring out how to attach some 2x6 floor joists to a rim joist at a 45° angle without having to buy angled joist hangers for $6-$11 a ...
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How can I replace missing parapet wall “joint caps”?

My home has a fiberglass roof deck with parapet wall surrounding it. The parapet wall is covered in aluminum (at least I think its aluminum) that matches the vinyl siding and color of the fiberglass ...
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How exactly do you set these post holders into concrete?

How should you set these bases into concrete? Do you push them all the way down? Or should you leave a gap underneath? If you leave a gap, how big a gap should you leave? It has drain holes on the ...
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Inner deck guardrail posts and deck framing connectors

I am mounting the deck guard rail posts inside the frame before adding the decking. I have used deck framing connection hardware as suggested in the Simpson Strong-Tie deck connection guide. One ...
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Leak Under Deck Door and Improperly Sloped Deck

I recently had a deck built on my new house. Now when it rains water enters my basement near my patio door. I've attached a picture of the area that leaks near the door and a close up of the same ...
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Elevated Deck over concrete Patio

I'm building a deck over a walkout basement. I want to put a concrete patio below. Can I dig the footers (3 total) to depth of 30" below the frost line and then do a monolithic pore of the concrete ...
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How to install artificial turf on a fiberglass rooftop deck?

I want to install some artificial turf on my rooftop patio deck. I have seen this sort of installation in several other homes and it looks awesome; it also appears to be installed in place (ie, not ...
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Hot tub deck construction

I have a deck that is 10’ off the bottom patio. Bands are 2x12. A single band against the house is lag bolted every other joist. The outer band is a double 2x12. Under the span of the hot tub (about 6....
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Can I mix waterbase Behr wall paint with waterbase deck stain/sealer?

I had some clear Waterguard exterior deck stain/sealer which is water-based. I got them a while ago so I cannot return them. The problem is I like to cover the deck with opaque color. Is it possible ...
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Is adhesive to sister a pressure treated deck joist necessary, and if so what kind?

My deck has a cantilever of about 4 feet from the girder to where the stairs attach, and the stairs tend to have a bit of a spring in them when you walk up. I want to solidify it a bit by sistering ...
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Proper Procedures for Regrading Under a Deck?

We have been getting tons of water in our basement during downpours (not regular rainfalls). The water comes in where the deck is located. I ripped up some deck boards and found the soil underneath ...
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What happens to outdoor douglas fir if protected but untreated?

I'm building a large outdoor living space in the pacific northwest (Vancouver, Canada) with rafters, purlins, beams, and posts all douglas fir. It will all be covered with transparent polycarbonate ...
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How can I add a roof over the existing Deck?

I know how to build a cover, I just don't know how to attach it to the existing deck. Something like this:
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What is the best way to seal between new deck and exterior sliding door?

I've just added a deck to my exterior office. This is the first deck I've ever done, but you can see I got mostly close to the bottom of the door. What should I use/do to seal the bottom of the door ...
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Options to refinish deck

Our wood deck is only a few years old, and has taken quite a beating from the weather. We just moved in, and I'm not sure if the previous owners have taken care of it properly. On our old house's ...
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Hillman “Deck Plus” lag screws

I'm re-planking my deck and shoring up some of the substructure while I'm in there. The beams are side-mounted to the posts like this (from dca 6): This is obviously non-ideal, but is impractical to ...
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What size of posts do I need for an 8' by 10' woodshed?

I need to build a simple fire wood storage shed with roof, size of shed 8 x 10 ft.. I will use some concrete blocks for footing, and 2x8 for framing. My question is what size of posts I should ...
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Supporting a glass floor panel as a part of a floating deck

We have built a floating deck attached to the rear of a brick house with a below-grade basement. Now, we have some rear basement well windows that the deck framing is built around. In order to still ...
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Can I suspend lights within my property boundaries, above my wall heights on my roof deck?

I have a condo with a roof deck (super awesome). The deck is very large, but is right in between two other decks (we share the same dividing walls) of two adjacent condos. The walls are not ...
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Joist span for grade level deck

I have a sunken backyard concrete patio which is sloped for drainage. The slope reduces usability for sheds, BBQs, picnic tables, etc. The space is approx 15' x 25', with concrete walls on 3 sides. ...
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Deck Sagging - How to fix?

I have a two story deck. I noticed earlier this week the upper deck is sagging. It appears the support beams that were lagged into the 6x6 post have rotted. This is return has allowed the joists to ...
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Gap between house and wood deck — to fill or not to fill?

I have a low free-standing deck that keeps accumulating debris like leaves between the house and the deck, about a one-inch gap. Is it possible or advisable to fill this gap with something? Maybe like ...
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Bad deck post crack

This looks rather serious - should we replace or brace it ASAP?
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Replacement deck beam equivalence

I have to replace the main beam in a deck at my house. The deck is 10 x 23 and the beam is 6 feet from the wall with the other side of the deck supported from the wall. The deck joists are sistered to ...
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Deck railing leaning outwards

I have a pretty old deck railing that is leaning outwards. If I pull the railing back, the entire side of railing is a little loose and I can pull it back most of the way back, but as soon as I let go ...
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Is it typical to use protectowrap on a deck ledger?

My deck has protectowrap between some of the house and deck boards. I never noticed this anywhere else before. Is this typical? I either need to replace it or remove it and paint instead. I’m inclined ...
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Attaching deck beam to side of post

I know that standard deck construction involves attaching the beam on top of the post. On the small deck I am building (4X6) I would like to continue the posts up through to be the rail posts. Is ...
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Deck Coatings alternatives

22 years ago I built a Weyerhaeuser outdoor wafer board topped deck. Frame is fir 4x10 outside frame with stringers 2x10 anchored to 10" lag screwed ledger boards on the house. Top coating is two ...
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Is my plan for replacing 4x4 deck posts with 6x6s reasonable?

We're planning on resurfacing our deck this summer. As preparation I got an inspector to take a look at the substructure to make sure it is still in good shape. The good news is that for the most part ...
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Why is my new and newly stained deck showing all dirt and grime that doesn't come off with soap and water?

I built a deck about a month ago. It was primed and stained with a solid stain. I am noticing that all the shoe prints from the dirt are showing up. I have tried watering it down, adding soap, and ...
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Deep outdoor steps double as seating

I bought a house that had an above ground pool built into the back deck. The deck is a rectangle, with a quarter oval cut out of the corner so the pool could fit in there. I removed the pool last ...
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Screening in carport

Wanting to screen in existing carport. I went to architecture school, so I have some building knowledge, but no hands on experience other than installing porcelain tiles in a small bathroom once. ...
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How to repair thin concrete deck cover

I recently bought a house with a deck that has what appears to be a thin layer of concrete over wire mesh over wooden (2x6 or similar) beams. A friend mentioned that he figures the concrete was not ...
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Low Height Deck Joist Support Options on Concrete

I'm looking to add a wood/composite deck over an existing concrete slab that has heaved/cracked and looks unsightly. We've only owned the house for a year so I don't have the full history but we have ...
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What steps should I take before staining a deck that has weathered for several months?

I sanded my deck last year, power washed it this year, but have not yet stained it because it won’t stop raining long enough to dry the wood for me to stain. When and if the wood ever dries, what ...
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How to fix newbies deck stain mistakes without sanding the whole deck

I applied Thompson Waterproof semi-transparent stain to sanded and cleaned deck(pressure treated wood approximately a year old) It was nice dry summery day with temp around 70 and I started first ...
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How to widen deck past beam

I want to extend my deck 12x16 to 12x18. What is the easiest way to widen the deck by 2 feet from a structural standpoint? How do I go wider than the beam?
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Deck support for a 2 man hot tub

I am looking to add a 2 person hot tub on my deck. My deck is made of all 2x6 material 12" on center floor joist, with 4x4 post and a 2x12 support band. It sits about 2 feet off the ground. The weight ...
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Deck sealer application

Can a water based deck sealer be used in a power washer? I am working on the underside of my second story deck. I will be power washing it then sealing it to try to discourage the Carpenter Bees that ...
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Fastening Double Ledger board for deck

I'm building a new deck and got my plans approved for the city. In order to reduce the point load from a beam meeting on the corner of the house, the inspector asked that I use a double ledger board ...
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Deck blocks on patio stones

I am planning to build the 16x18ft floating deck in the back of my townhouse. The back patio is paved with 12x24' patio stones and I am trying to figure out if I should remove patio stones and lay the ...
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Is it okay if my ledger board overlaps my foundation wall?

I just got done demoing a 20yo deck that had no footings or flashing. It was constructed of 2x8's on a 2x10 beam cantilevered. So, my design was to be all 2x10's with a flush beam because the deck is ...
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Rental equipment selection for digging 52" deck footings?

I need to put in about 20 concrete footings for several deck-related projects. The footing base should be 12-18" (but see note below). Frost depth in my area requires footings to be 52" below grade (...
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Building low-angle outdoor stairs

My summer project is to build a set of stairs from the bunky down the slope in front of it. The rise is about 12 feet and the run is about 40. I'm not a fan of dirt stairs or pavers/stone, and this ...