Questions tagged [deck]

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Adding a pergola to an existing deck?

I have an existing deck on the back of my house, and I’d like to add a pergola. The deck is 17’ x 16’, and I’d like to build the pergola to roughly match the size and shape. The attached picture ...
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How to hang a “Coolaroo” shade-sail?

We'd like to hang a Coolaroo shade-sail over our elevated deck, but are uncertain, how to best attach it. Deck is adjacent to the house's second floor, but the walls have no hooks and are covered ...
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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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Keeping outdoor deck stair stringers from splitting

I have a set of pressure treated stairs that lead from ground level up to a wooden deck, providing access from the pool to a water slide (salt water and chlorine). I originally built these stairs ...
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How to attach a deck ledger board to house joists

I am replacing an existing deck that uses joists cantilevered from the homes second floor. I'm cutting off the part coming out of the house and plan to attach a ledger board. Code requires some kind ...
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How to stop redwood decks from creaking

My home was built brand new in 2016. I have a front porch and two back decks made of redwood and they all creak so badly, it's almost embarrassing... Anyone have any tips on how to quite them down?
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Is a rigid gazebo roof less likely to be damaged by wind than a fabric roof?

Issue Summary Had a fabric canopy topped gazebo. It was strapped to the railing and seemed very secure for 2 years. One very bad wind storm (like a parachute) it tore off the straps and flew into the ...
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Fix for sagging deck rail made of Trek

Our deck that runs along the lake has a trek railing, top and bottom railings and main posts. We installed vertical black metal balusters. It has been sagging now for awhile. We tried placing blocks ...
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Can I span 11 feet 7 inches with doubled 2x6 deck joists?

I have and existing deck about ten feet off the ground. The joists are all doubled up 2x6 S. Pine 11' 7" in length. There is a double 2 x 10 beam running across the middle. I need to remove this beam. ...
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How would I cut an angle greater than 45 degrees with a circular saw?

I need to cut an angle of 60 degrees on my deck joists that attach to a wall that is 60 degrees to a square deck. The only saw I have is a skil saw.
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Ledger/ribbon framing load capacity

We are considering adding a deck to the top of our flat roof detached garage, if the necessary work involved is reasonable. The garage is 20' deep x 28' wide separated into 3 bays, the widest of ...
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What kind of latch mechanism should I use for this movable ceiling under my deck?

I have a nice deck, installed by a contractor years ago. We wanted to use the space under the deck as a covered patio area, so I built a drop-ceiling under the deck. It's made of overlapping panels of ...
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In San Francisco, I’m building stairs with a top landing. How big should the landing be?

In San Francisco, We’re planning to build exterior back stairs from the second floor going to ground floor (about 61” elevation which is about 7-8 steps). With a 32” door opening outward toward the ...
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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 ...