Questions tagged [deck]

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How to add a drip edge to a steel deck beam over a porch

So I have rust and water damage from water rolling down from the curved porch beam into a porch ceiling. I don't have the same problem with my top-floor porch since that has a roof above it. The ...
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Deck Beam end cut at angle

I've searched high and low and can't find an answer to this. Why are deck beams cut on an angle at the ends? Is it cosmetic? Is so no sharp corner sticking out? Does it have something to do with ...
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What corrosion protection for nails, screws and bolts?

Would someone please care to explain the pros and cons of galvanized (hot & electro), stainless, zinc plated, spray (cold) galvanized, and (paint?) coated fasteners? There seem to be different ...
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Should the underside of a deck be stained?

When one stains a wooden deck, should they stain the underside of the deck too?
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Loading on 5/4 treated pine decking

I recently built a deck, and we are looking to make a privacy wall using pencil hollies. As I was making sure weep holes weren’t sitting on joists, it occurred to me that the way that these planter ...
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angled bracket to attach a beam to a post?

I am in the planning stages to build a deck around an oval pool. I have angles like the picture shows below (probably 30 degrees).. Is there a bracket i can use instead of the connection shown? NY ...
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Deck Framing Support for Pergola

I am installing a 12' x 12' pergola on top of my deck, it's a PVC kit but uses wood inside the PVC. It uses 4x4 posts. I am re-doing the decking so I can make framing modifications. I was going to ...
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Removing deck frame attached to siding

I'm in the process of removing an old deck attached to my house in an effort to replace it with stairs and a paver patio. I've gotten most of it torn down and removed, but I'm wondering what the best ...
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Waiting a year before applying semi-solid stain to new treated pine deck?

We had a new pressure-treated pine deck installed about six months ago. I know the wood has aged/dried enough to take a semi-ttransparent stain. But we prefer the appearance of a semi-solid stain like ...
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Digging deck footings next to pool

I’m starting to build a deck, however I’m not sure how close to the above ground pool is safe to dig. I’m aiming to stay one full foot away so my 12” footing will have the center dig out at about ...
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Treehouse Construction

I want to run a treehouse design idea by you all. I'm building a treehouse around a tree (not drilling into tree). Beam is 20 feet by 10 feet. I have six, 6x6s, on concrete footings. I'm struggling ...
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Building a deck… Sanity check on Menards deck builder

I have a question about what Menards is proposing. Is something like this legal? I would think that the last joist (in purple) would require more than a single connection point over the red post and ...
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using deck screw instead of Yellow zinc construction screw?

Here in Canada I found the Deck Screws to be cheaper then the Yellow zinc construction screw. They are both Carbon Steel, and to my understanding, the coating on the deck screws are just more ...
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How would I add tile to a raised deck?

Does anyone have experience with the products designed for laying tile on top of a wood framed deck? (e.g. Slica Systems) It seems to me that over time even slight warping or shrinkage of the wood ...
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Rim joists sitting on top of notched post

My older deck doesn’t have a beam. Instead, the rim joist is attached to the 4x4 posts, most of which are notched and serve as both support for the rim joist and continue up as railing posts. I ...
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How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan?

How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan? The 12" X 20" deck will be less than 2 feet off the ground.
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Is this deck plan strong enough for a hot tub

I'd like to know if this deck plan is strong enough for a 7'x7' hot tub. The max weight with water and seven people is 4,800lb. I'd like to keep the four post design because there is an 18" Oak ...
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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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Do lapped joists need to extend over the beam the same distance from each side?

I know you should lap joists at least 12", and the longer the lap the better. However, in order to use 8' joists, can I lap the joists like the image attached? The beam in red is a drop beam. ...
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Lateral force on posts resting on concrete deck blocks

I am building a floating deck that is not attached to the house and is 2ft in height. The 4x4 posts are inserted into and resting on top of a concrete decking block. The post is just sitting inside ...
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Will snow/water damage my floating deck?

I'm planning to build a floating deck over some patio stones in my backyard, but I would like a second opinion since I have no previous experience on this. My idea is to set it directly on the ground(...
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Deck, Connecting two beams to support cantilevered joists

I am re-posting this because my original post had poor drawing and caused a lot of confusion. See image below. I have a joist that is cantilevered 4' 10" (colored in cyan for quick reference), ...
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How to get old waterproof waterproofing stains - semi transparent off a wooden deck?

I bought a deck cleaner a year ago and it didn't get the old color off. What else can I do?
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Proper deck post-beam-post connection

We're getting ready to replace/expand the decks on our house. I'm having plans done and have seen a draft but wanted to educate myself a little while I wait. The draft didn't yet contain sufficient ...
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How to approach expanding the deck a little bit to make room for a grill?

We're always moving the grill around because it's in the way when not in use. I'd like to find a permanent home for it and this location would be perfect if I could easily expand the deck a little. ...
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Care and maintenance of deck in the garden

I recently bought a house. There is a deck in the garden. It is about two or three years old. It does not seem to be in a great condition, but I have no experience with decks and find it hard to tell ...
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How to fix wobble in outdoor pavers

I have an outdoor area covered in pavers. The pavers are 2ft by 2ft. Under them is Brock PaverBase and under those is sand. The surface under the sand is as level as can be. There is some wobble in ...
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How can I correct the rusting as seen here on deck railing?

I have a couple of questions. I have gotten tradepersons to install new deck railing back in Dec 2018. So it is about 2.5 years old. However I can already see some rust sipping out to the surface. One ...
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Deck Gate design for offset posts

I’m trying to build a deck gate at top of stairs. Problem is I have to offset 6x6 posts. What should I do, Should I just add another 6x6 post in the nearest post to make it even?
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Steel H Beam Needed For Outdoor Deck

Question: What size H Beams are needed? Background: I’m building a deck over our walkout basement. The basement is only 7’ tall, so the deck beams need to be as short as possible with the fewest ...
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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 kind of treatment do I need to stain/paint this deck?

My deck was finished with a...peculiar color many years ago. The finish is peeling up and showing patches of bare wood. What is this? Is this paint? What can I safely use to refinish this deck, and ...
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framing feedback for ground level deck 10'x22'

I am planning to build a ground level deck in bay area in northern California where we have pretty nice weather, and no snow in my living area. I am looking for feedback with following specs finish ...
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How should I hang joists that are supposed to be doubled, but that will sit over the joining of two boards?

I need to hang a 22' ledger board, but I can only get treated boards up to 20' in length. The deck plan calls for a doubled joist at the 18' mark, which is where the edge of the main body of the deck ...
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Detached deck on a steep slope

I have a Lake House. Small but functional backyard about 12' above lake level. Slopes steeply to the Lake starting at about 20 feet from the house. I want to add more sqft to the functionality of ...
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How to build up height of concrete wall to use as beam support for deck

I have two concrete walls on either side of a proposed deck area. In the middle of the span I have some concrete columns that will support a beam for a deck. My proposed deck design has 2x12s ...
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Deck ledger flashing options

I am having an existing deck/porch that is attached to my home repaired/replaced due to termite and water damage. I told the guys to replace any damaged wood they thought necessary. The replaced the ...
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Does every deck stair with stringers longer than 6 feet need mid-span support?

I have read that cut stair stringers longer than 6 feet in length require mid-span support. Solid stringers seem to be able to get to about 13 feet without support. So how do you combine these two ...
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Proper Method of Beam to Colum for two story column?

It's been many years since I built a deck, and never a two story one. Existing deck getting replaced, it's a two story, with the pitch of the house roof (1) extending a few inches past the face of the ...
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Do old, dry boards continue to warp?

I have a number of 2x12’s that have been exposed to Florida weather for about 8 years. Because they have not warped, I wonder if I can expect them to remain relatively straight as deck boards? I do ...
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Porch construction: orientation of flooring boards (perpendicular or parallel to siding)

We are are planing to replace our 3rd floor porch and I have a question about the orientation of the boards. What is the purpose of the board that is parallel to the siding and perpendicular to all ...
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Filling the gap between deck boards

We have two gumtrees over a largish deck - 10 x 4 m with 120mm Merbau. I had 80mm before it was redone. The gumnuts and sticks and leaves are a total pain! The trees are nice but all year they make a ...
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How to fix blotchy deck

2 year old pine deck was originally weathered for 6 weeks then 2x coats of Calbots Silver Beech Water Based Deck and Exterior Stain applied. We did it ourselves and overall did a pretty bad job, my ...
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How should I seal a covered, tongue and groove porch?

I'm looking to install and seal a tongue and groove (1x4, fir) porch to replace the original tongue and groove at our home. The porch is covered. I want to keep a natural, clear finish. I assumed I ...
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Is using a single hanger plus a framing angle on a double member sufficient

I recently had a deck built. The deck has a few places where double joists are used between beams to allow cutouts for trees. The framers used single joist hangers for the 2x6 16" oc joists. On ...
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Suggestions for building plywood landing and connecting to concrete stoop?

I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that ...
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Will pressure-treated lumber shrink enough to cause failure of roof flashing around it?

We need to replace the flat roof on our balcony deck. In the process we also need to replace the balcony deck railing. The salesman for our contractor recommended a wooden railing to match what we ...
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Sizing a landscape lighting transformer

I'm surprised this hasn't come up before but I did a search here and didn't find anything, so here goes. I need to power a dozen 12VDC LED deck post lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. I want to place ...
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How to get up deck boards with rusted screws, want to plane and reuse the boards so the screws have to come out

a slight spin on other questions. I have a deck that is coming out with painted wood and rusted screws. 1 out of 10 comes out OK, the others break off. Since I am going to be re-using the wood, and ...
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3-Arm pergola corner bracket for 4x4s?

How can I reproduce the functionality of these 3-Arm pergola corner brackets for 4x4 wood posts? My concern is that it will need to securely hold the weight of the treated 4x4. They would be used for ...

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