Questions tagged [deck]

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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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Driving screws back into weathered deck

I have a 20+ year old deck behind my home. It's in great shape, but I want to refinish it this summer. Problem is, a number of the Phillips screws have popped up over the years. I have a basic Hitachi ...
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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 long can I leave a recently cleaned deck without stain?

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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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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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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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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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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Remove Tight Decking Screws

I'm trying to remove 1 decking plank to access a blocked drain underneath. The decking was installed about 6 months ago (not by myself). The screws appear to have been countersunk far below the ...
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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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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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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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How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam?

My near-ground level deck is quite large (20x16) at one side and its end is a one-step stair. But at the edge, one end is flush with the last deck board (Trex 5.5") but the other end is like 1" short, ...
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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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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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Poplar helicopter seeds stuck in deck gaps

The gaps in my deck are routinely jammed with "helicopter" poplar seeds, which lodge with the hard seed just above the gap. The "blade" of the seed anchors them so firmly that no blower or pressure ...
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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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What are the drawbacks of not attaching deck to house?

I am planning on building a small deck on the side of my house where there is no door or window. The level of the deck is below the top of the basement, so I need to drill through the concrete for the ...
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How do I vertically connect two 4x4s on a deck to build a roof?

I have a deck I am going to put a roof over. It has 4x4s for vertical supports that I need to extend upward to attach my trusses to. What is the best way to connect two vertical 4x4s?
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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 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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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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Sealing seams between outdoor composite decking

To make the space under my deck more usable when it rains, I've installed rubber screen spline between the seams on my composite deck and also installed gutters at the low ends to channel rain water ...
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How should I prepare a 5 year old deck to be stained for the first time [closed]

We built a covered deck on our home 5 years ago and never sealed or stained it. I want to do it now, but not sure how I should prep it. Would sanding it with an orbital sander be enough or is there ...
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Deck has moved away from house

My deck has begun to separate from house (see pics). Look for help on how to move it back and secure to house.
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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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Is it okay to use rain to rinse off a deck after applying deck cleaner?

I'm planning to refinish my deck soon. Here are some pictures of the current state of it. I bought this Cabot wood cleaner. The instructions say to: Apply cleaning solution liberally to problem ...
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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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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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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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Grade slopes toward foundation under sloping deck

I have a two-part problem. Problem #1: The grade under my deck has developed a slope towards the foundation of the house. I have begun to get water seeping onto the floor of my finished basement. ...
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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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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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New deck pops and creaks after 2 winters. Water seal applied to top side. Can it be fixed?

We bought a brand new house in 2015. Fall of 2015, we put Thompson's water seal on the top of the deck. I am learning that this was a mistake and it should have been applied to ALL sides of the deck ...
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Deck stairs pulling apart and railing wobbly

My deck stairs which are supported by ledger strips keep pulling away the stringer. Last year I used a clamp to squeeze them back together but they pulled away again. The railing also is wobbly. ...
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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 ...
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Best way to suspend beam end from cable

I'm about to buy hardware for a treehouse project, and am wondering about the best way to attach 3/8' galvanized cables to a 4x10 PT beam. The cables need to be attached near the ends of the beam to ...
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protecting a wood deck from rot next to a stone patio

I have a wood porch/deck built on top of a cement slab. At some point a previous HO layed a stone patio right next to this porch at the same level. The stone of the patio is abutting the wood framing ...
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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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How do I treat / maintain IKEA Platta wood patio tiles?

Over a year ago we put a good sized set of IKEA Platta deck tiles on our patio. After exposure to the elements, they are now dis-coloring and becoming a bit 'rough'. What exactly do I need to do to ...
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How can I prevent the blocking between my deck joists from making noise under foot traffic?

Framing new deck 2x8x10 PT lumber. Used solid blocking bridging and just walking across mid span the blocks POP. All blocks were hand nailed with 12d common Galv. When noticed popping went back ...
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Switch Between Paint and Sealer for Sprayer

I have a Graco Magnum x9 airless paint sprayer. I have only used it for latex paint. I am planning to refinish my deck this spring with a sealer of some sort. Can I switch back and forth between type ...
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How can I remove paint splatters from sealed decorative concrete deck?

I have a custom concrete pation & pool deck that is textured / painted to look like wood. It is also sealed. Recently I had the coping on my pool fixed and the guy did a great job but left quite a ...
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Stringer separating from deck stairs

I’ve got a not quite 2 yr old deck installed by our builder. We have a problem with the stringers pulling away from the treads and risers. We first started noticing it last year, so I added some 3.5” ...
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How to keep buried deck posts from rotting

This is related to a question I asked earlier regarding my deck footings. I had a pool deck built last fall. The footings are 4' deep and 12" diameter. There are metal post brackets attached to the ...
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What are the best practices for a low deck built half on a concrete slab?

In our current place, we moved the main access door from going into the kitchen, to entering an old laundry room converted to a mud room. In order to do so, the front door was moved over about 4', ...