Questions tagged [deck]

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

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Stainless steel sleeves to hold wire rope?

My original idea for the fence was to use eyebolts and rivnuts to close the wire, similar to the drawing below: But then I saw a Stainless steel sleeve like the one below. I know it's used to protect ...
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2nd story, walk under, completely brick deck [closed]

Is it possible to have a 2nd story deck, fully made out of bricks (IE supports are made of brick, you walk/sit on top of bricks), that you can walk underneath and store stuff underneath? I can't ...
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How do I rid moisture under my deck that's causing rotting of boards? [closed]

I've read not to put plastic under a deck. What can I do?
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Slope of decking and foundation

I'm having decking installed and the boards currently slope towards the house. The underneath of the decking is soil and there is no gutter alongside the house to funnel the water to the drain. Is ...
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staining the lumber

I have some old decking boards which I'm planning to sand and re-use for new deck. It it not pressure-treated wood, and it has never been stained or painted etc. So I would like somehow to prevent ...
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Temporarily pull up vinyl deck plank

I have a vinyl deck and need to temporarily pull up the plank adjacent to the exterior wall and put it back afterwards. Is this easy or hard to do and, if it's possible, how do I do it?
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Irregular/Atypical Deck Joist Spacing

I'm planning a replacement for my deck and ran into a question that I cannot find an answer to anywhere. Why does everyone place deck joists at either 16" or 24" OC (or sometimes 12"), but not 18" or ...
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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

I am going to tear down an existing deck (which is rotting out) and want to block off usage of existing French doors that currently lead to the deck. I’ll attach photos below. I am going to build a ...
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screws, bolts or nails for ground level deck framing

Following up framing for ground level deck I'm putting 2x8 for framing of the ground-level deck, it is a floating deck, i.e. not attached to the house. So, 2x8 joists will be sitting around perimeter ...
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how to treat regular lumber for outdoor use

What are the solutions to stain lumber for outdoor use, except buying pressure-treated wood? What I want to do is take the old lumber, which is still in good shape, but turned gray because of the ...
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framing for ground level deck

I'm planning to build a ground level deck, approximately 8ft x 10ft long. I'm going to use deck concrete blocks for footing, e.g. : I want to place 4 of those in the corners and probably two-three in ...
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Why are the deck footing blocks set away from the house several inches in this video?

I watched this video (building a free-standing porch) and wondered what is the reason that the back concrete blocks are not tight to the house wall. Basically he places them away from the house by a ...
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When do splitting deck supports become a problem?

Preface - this house is located in China, where permits and contractor certifications are not a thing, and there is basically no legal remedy for compensation over shoddy work. Last year we had this ...
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I am painting my deck with metacrylics paint do I need to clean between coats of paint

I am painting my deck it is a sealed metacrylics walking deck. I cleaned with tsp and put down the primer coat. I applied the first color coat. Do I need to clean again with tsp before I put on the ...
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Is deck flooring an OK alternative to a concrete slab for a sport court?

I'm thinking of building a sports court for mostly inline hockey. Similar to this one. I have a land with grass and was wondering if there is another way to create a base, foundation under the floor ...
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DIY cable railing corner post configuration?

Using Steeltek pipe fittings to create a corner railing over a half lower level. My plan was to have the uprights and top & bottom rails made from the galvanized pipe & fittings and use cable ...
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How to ensure all deck posts are sharing the load

I'm in the process of levelling my deck. Top down diagram below, showing decking perimeter (black), beams (blue) and posts/footings (red). Because of the irregular shape posts 1 and 3 are only 20" ...
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How can I protect partially buried deck posts from decay?

I poured concrete footings for my deck. I put the galvanized post base and the 4x4 post on it. Now I need to raise the ground/dirt level as water puddles there. But if I raise the ground it will cover ...
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Stiffen up slanted deck railing

Just got a mountain "cabin" and the angled/slanted deck railing is a bit loose; just enough to instill some fear in those wanting to lean over and take in the view. Here's a shot of what I'm dealing ...
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Deck post cut too short - possible solutions?

I have a new deck going in the back of my house, about 6' off the ground. Made a HUGE mistake and made cuts on the posts 4.5" too short. Short of removing the posts and concrete, digging new holes and ...
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Should I bleach my deck or just power wash it?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am confused with most of you saying Bleach it, one says NO WAY! My deck was built in 1987 as pressure treated lumber 2" thick vs. ...
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How do I introduce slope on a rooftop deck?

I recently purchased a 1937 house with two decks on the upper floor. One of the decks has a draining issue. While hosing it off, I noticed that a small puddle accumulates near the middle of the deck. ...
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How do I support a deck-style floor in crawlspace?

This question is kind of a follow-up to the one asked here: how-should-i-add-flooring-in-my-crawl-space. My crawlspace is exactly as the one described. Basically my house is on a slope and have a ...
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Paint or Stain a repaired deck

I need help deciding to paint or stain my deck. About a year ago, a tree fell on my deck and half of it had to be rebuilt. The deck builder suggested letting the wood weather for a bit before ...
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Do I need to sand my new pressure-treated deck before staining it?

I just got a deck built and pre treated wood was used. Do I need to sand it before I stain it? I live in San Antonio, Texas
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How do I protect people walking around my deck from banging their head on this overhanging platform?

Below is the picture showing the platform that I am talking about The plan is to have the barbeque under that so that aspect is taken care of. Probably a plant toward the house end of that underneath ...
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How can I extend my deck posts to support a pergola?

I am looking to extend my 4x4 corner posts on a deck to build a Pergola over top of the deck. I also plan on sleeving those 4x4's with a composite sleeve for the full length from the 4x4. So the ...
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Building a deck: can you shift the load points?

The reasons for the below design are: -I want to place the stairs adjacent to the wall -I want to use the deck posts as rail posts as well -this is replacing an old deck and I do not want to dig new ...
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For deck stairs adjacent & parallel to the house wall do I need handrails on both sides?

For deck stairs adjacent and parallel to the house wall, do I need handrails on both sides?
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Is it OK to seal the top side of a deck concrete footing?

This is a follow up for this question Deck footing 2" above the ground -does that apply to a patio? What is the reason behind the 2" restriction? I decided to have my concrete footing under ...
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Installing an adjustable deck post support-what is the correct way to install the support?

I am trying to install these in freshly poured concrete (sonotubes) What is the correct way to install the support and what are the pros and cons for each one of them The other option is this. I like ...
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Do I need hidden decking fasteners on both sides of a joist?

I am thinking about using the below fasteners with wood planks. Do I need them on both sides of the joist? Update: Deck framing layout below (height is 46") House located at the south east corner of ...
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Is the powerwashing the subcontractor did on our deck “good enough?”

Our family is trying to repair our deck. Prior to any sort of staining, of course, it was necessary to clean it of first. Afterall, the entirety of the structure was gray, and now it actually looks ...
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Removing excess Decking Oil

I have oiled my decking for the 1st time yesterday and on checking it today there are patches where I have applied too much and these patches are shiny and sticky. Whats the best approach for removing ...
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Drilling rebar hole in 12" concrete footing

My deck has 6"x6" wooden support posts sitting atop 12" diameter concrete footings. The tops of the concrete footings are about 16" above grade. When I inspected a little below grade, I discovered ...
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What to do about rotten sheathing behind deck ledger

My deck and patio door were improperly flashed. I've discovered that the osb sheathing between the ledger and the rim joist is rotten. Assuming the rim joist is still sound (I've not yet confirmed ...
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Deck footing 2“ above the ground -does that apply to a patio? What is the reason behind the 2” restriction?

I am doing the design of a deck footing and in many places where I read it says that the footing (sonotube) should be set with the top end terminated 2" above the ground level In my case I am ...
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Do I need joist hangers for deck frame on gravel pad? What is the nail size?

I am building 12'x14' detached deck in backyard and away from the house. Frame will be of pressure treated wood sitting on gravel pad. Essentially a rectangle build of 4x6 with one 4x6 in the middle ...
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How should I repair this poor deck rim joist connection?

Still working on a deck rehabilitation, and I ran into another interesting problem. When building the deck, rather than trimming the siding corner cap, some genius decided to simply build around it. ...
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Will 2x10 13'6" span support outdoor bbq?

I am building a deck and will have 2x10 joists. I want to put a BBQ that unfortunately will run parallel with the joists, so the last two joists will support the full weight of the BBQ distributed ...
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How Should I Block a Diagonal Deck?

My deck has a diagonal decking. To attach the decking to the ledger side of the deck, 2x4 blocks were screwed directly to the ledger. I'm trying to improve water flow from the ledger. I'd like to move ...
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Double joists separating on outside edges of deck

My deck has double joists on the east and west edges that seem to be separating. I imagine water is getting into the space between them and prying them apart. This deck is located in Minnesota. In ...
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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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What is the best way to excavate the ground for a ground-level deck?

I am building a ground level deck. We have a bilevel, so our house is on a slab at the ground floor (no basement). There is about a 15° grade away from the back door to the yard. I have all the ...
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Lightweight lumber or lumber alternative for building a 6'x7' portable privacy screen?

I'm planning to build a privacy screen to be attached between two posts of the pvc railing of a composite deck. I want the attachment to be temporary so that it can be removed and stored during winter ...
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How to attach a deck ledger board to a house with no rim joist

We are building a deck, and the whole time so far we have been planning on attaching the deck to the house via a ledger board. After stripping the siding and insulation foam board, we discovered that ...
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Should I remove the 2x4 between the joists of this deck?

I'm working on replacing the decking on an existing deck. While removing the old decking, I came across something I've not seen before. I've seen decks framed as illustrated below, where members are ...
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How to frame the side cantilever joist for deck?

As the below picture, is the rough blue print of the 12'6" x 12" deck for my new house. Following the code, all joists(blank rectangular) are 2 x 8 16" OC, the blue rectangular is the beam, and gray ...
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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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What length of posts do I need to get a deck 5 feet above ground level?

I've read that deck posts have to 4ft underground to get past the frost line. With a 6' x6 [ed: not sure if this mean to refer to 6x6" or something else?] which means you only have 2ft above ground. ...