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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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Ideal Rise/Run for Deck Steps for Couple Headed into Their mid-60s With Ailments [closed]

I can do pretty much whatever slope etc I want for my deck steps. It's a replacement so code is not an issue. 36 inch total rise. Is a 6" rise 13" run ideal? That would be six steps from a ...
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Options for a deck flooring on a deck that is covered by a water barrier

I purchased a home with a deck. And I'm trying to figure out what to cover it with. The deck is above an interior area that is enclosed from the elements. Unlike a normal deck made of boards for ...
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Can I increase the depth of my deck treads to gain footspace?

I have a deck where the contractor is building deck steps. Rise is 7-11/16" and run is currently 10-3/4" with 3/4 inch overhang. If I increase the run to 11-1/4" with a 1-1/4" ...
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Repairing concrete feet under old deck

I want to repair/replace an old deck with a new deck. Currently, it is on concrete feet. These are cylinders about a foot in diameter, no idea how deep, with a square hole in the middle. 4x4 wooden ...
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ground deck structure

We are building an ipe wood deck in our patio - on the ground. The landscaper had originally said he'd use 4x6 pressure-treated pieces, long side up - so 6" high, to create at least 6" ...
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How can I support overhanging Trex decking without adding more framing below?

Alright I made a mistake... We decided to add a frame to our approved deck plan, but the frame was made too wide and part of the deck boards (about 6") are hanging and not connected to the joist. ...
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Can I add a stairway to my deck's cantilever? [closed]

I am planning to modify my existing deck by adding a stairway. Currently the support post for the deck does not fall on the corner where I want to add the steps. The post stands about 5 ft back from ...
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Repair edge of joist from water damage

Long long ago, water damage was found when painting, and work was stopped so another crew could come in and replace a beam that the ceiling joists were nailed into. This required jacking up a temp ...
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Deck Help with correct size lumber and spacing of supports

I'm building five platforms that are 32'x16.5'. These platforms are for large Safari wall tents. I'm using something called Tuff Blocksᵀᴹ as deck supports (instead of cement blocks) and they have a ...
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Need to support a 3500 lb hot tub 7’x6.5’

Deck is 12’x 8’with mid span posts(6’). Double 2x10 beams around. 16” center 2x10 joists. All posts 6x6 treated S-Pine as well as all lumber. Tub is placed over the 6x8’span. (1/2 of the deck. Will ...
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Mixing Stain/sealers

I am trying to match a new deck color to an existing deck that was stained with Olympic Maximum stain and sealant in the “natural tone cedar” color. I purchased the wood rx product in the cedar color ...
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What lumber should I use for framing a ground level deck, and where should I source it? [closed]

I’m building a ground level deck in San Diego and trying to source suitable framing lumber. I understand that ground contact rated pressure treated lumber is required, but I’m under the impression ...
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How can I prevent mold and rot in a ground-level deck?

We bought a townhouse a few years ago and they had just put this wooden patio in. It was just unfinished wood and I was lazy, then we had a baby, and never got around to sealing it. We have finally ...
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Attaching ledger board to brick and block wall?

I'm building an enclosed 1 floor addition on the side of our house which will extend our side entry to become a mudroom and provide for a pantry off our kitchen. We need the space under the addition ...
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Is running a porch column all the way to ground footer instead of using posts underneath a bad idea?

My current porch is like this The columns are rotting and the deck was poorly built, posts aren't directly under columns and most are just on dirt. I intend on doing a rebuild. With the columns I was ...
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Bugs getting into screen deck through metal roofing gaps

Just had a screened in porch built with a metal roof. But now bugs are getting in through the gaps the corrugated roof left on the side. How do I plug them? Seems too large of a gap for caulking and ...
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What type of caulk will adhere to composite deck wood?

I am using some left over composite deck wood as trim in various exterior projects around the house. One of them needs some sort of sealant between the deck wood piece and the house. Does anyone ...
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How do I remove these deck railing covers?

I have to replace a post cover on my deck because the flag pole the previous owners screwed into it got ripped out in a wind storm. I can’t seem to figure out how the braces that cover where the rails ...
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Best way to place a deck post on a non-level pier

I have poured 11 piers + footings for my deck. In each I placed a J-bolt in the center to attach my adjustable post base to. Despite my best efforts some of the tops of the piers aren't perfectly ...
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How to support a 2nd floor deck to fix improperly secured deck ledger

I am in the process of fixing a poorly kept and built 2nd floor Accessory Dwelling Unit/garage apt. The most pressing project is to rebuild/repair the 2nd story deck, which gives access to the apt. ...
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Can I apply stain overtop of watersealer?

I have watersealed my deck using Thompson clear watersealer this year. This product specifically. I'm not loving the faded look though already, and I think I'd like to stain it instead. What kind of ...
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Concerns with new deck structure

We had a new deck built by contractors, and have a few concerns on what I might need to fix, or have them come back to repair: Looks like a mistake/mismeasurement here, but is it alright to lean a ...
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Cantilevered Deck Support Blocking Stairs [closed]

I am rebuilding my deck and have been playing around with some designs, but I've run into a snag. Where I want to direct my stairs leads directly into one of my support posts. I thought of the stair ...
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What’s the best way to attached these 2x4’s at right angles to the balusters on this deck project?

Menard’s handy deck building app recommended this design, but it has 2x4’s connecting at right angles to the balusters. All I can think to do to attach them is toenailing with screws or nails, but ...
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What's the safest way to pour a slab without undermining existing posts [closed]

Im working on a 2 story addition that is resting on 6x6 posts. Unfortunately due to timing I was unable to work out pouring a slab prior to our contractor begining our addition project and pouring the ...
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Best Method for Fastening 4x4 Posts to Deck for Pergola Construction?

I'm planning to build a pergola on my existing deck and am looking for advice on how to securely fasten 4x4 posts to the deck. The deck is approximately 2 feet off the ground and is supported by ...
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Can I attach a 2x4 even with joist top for screwing on new deck boards?

I’m re doing a deck I’ve replaced a number of old joists and am planning to leave in place the rest. They are 2x10 spanning 8 feet. There were s lot of old nails that did not pull out cleanly. I am ...
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I need help on an issue with the roof of my porch I'm designing [closed]

The porch is has to have a chamfer due to space limitations from a dry creek very close to it. I'd like to do an A-frame but may need to do a shed roof if needed. The roof would have to hang off into ...
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Need Help with Building a Deck in Ontario - Post-beam connection issues

I’m in the process of building a deck in Ontario, Canada, and I’ve followed a design from Home Depot. However, I’m having concerns about the connection between the post and beam or rim joist as ...
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Post on 2nd floor deck supporting overhanging roof rotten out, how to waterproof repair?

The deck has a plywood subfloor covered by vinyl sheeting, which has a square cut-out at the corner perfectly fitting the deck post through it. As such, the 6"x6" post sits directly on the ...
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Is this valid footing?

I am buying a house ( new construction ) in Atlanta Georgia. Closing is not yet done. The builder is arguing an inspection point (the independent inspector was hired by me to check the construction ...
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Protecting against trapped water between guardrail post and surrounding wood

I have attached deck guardrail posts in a way shown on page 3 of Simpson Strong Tie's T-C-GRDRLPST22 bulletin. There are couple of places where water could be trapped: Between double blocking or ...
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How to properly reinforce a porch that inspector flagged for a "single member band joist"?

A friend of mine bought a house recently, and one item flagged by the inspector is the front porch. I offered to help them fix the problem. Whether that means doing it myself, or hiring a professional ...
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Sharing a Post Between 2 Beams (Deck)

In my deck design I have some beams (triple 2x10) that meet at posts (6x6). If I align the angled beam with the edge of the post, then that would allow the remaining 1" of the post for the ends ...
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How to ensure lasting deck stain

We stained our deck / porch / stairs last October / November using a semi-transparent oil-based stain (from Behr), and the stain has already come mostly off in high traffic areas. We worked pretty ...
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Where do I place beams for a deck with an angle?

I'm working on the design for a deck and I'll be having a long angle in it. I've used Home Designer Pro to work on the design, and it generates all the framing. My question is concerning the beam ...
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How to splice two sonotubes to extend their length

Footings for my deck must be dug at least 48" deep to be below the frost line and meet code. I will be using 12" x 48" sonotubes for a combined pier and footing. I have an auger with a ...
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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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Who do I hire to repair damage from a leak from the deck into the house?

Backstory: we bought a ~130 year old wood-framed house a year ago in MA. The previous owners maybe 10 years ago added a two car garage to the back of the house and a large deck on the roof of the ...
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Is my deck ready to be painted

I power washed my deck and want to try a sample spot for paint. Is the right half ready for paint or does it need any more cleaning? Please see pics. Just want to be cautious and not damage the wood.
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Need to replace deck post, flush with home foundation

I'm planning to replace a number of deck posts. Currently, my deck posts all go straight into the ground. For the posts I replace, I want to pour concrete footings. However, one of the posts is right ...
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Post hole depth for my 6ft x 6ft porch/ deck?

Toronto, Canada I'm super novice DIY-er. I want to rebuild my porch/ deck in the front yard. The landing is very small 6 ft W x 6 ft L, the posts would be 4ft H above ground. How deep should I dig the ...
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Is there a post-cap connector I can use to secure 2x10 joists to a 4x6 post?

I'm fixing up a 10x15 (roughly) feet deck and need to replace the one rotten outer rim joist. The current post is notched and the joists are sitting on top of the post bolted to the notched post. I ...
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