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Questions tagged [deck]

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

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How should I redo my patio under my deck?

I have a patio composed of large concrete pavers (roughly 2' x 6') (edit - more likely sections of poured concrete) - I would guess it is at least 10 years old if not much older. My second story deck ...
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How to keep water away from house from new concrete pad?

I am planning to build a concrete pad under my deck (8-10' clearance). I am concerned about water dripping down through my deck and collecting against my house. What tips/steps should I take to ...
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Connecting UF wiring for under deck lighting to an existing NM exterior light switch

I plan on installing LED lights under my dry-below deck using 14-2 UF Romex. Can I connect the UF wire to an existing exterior light (NM Romex) that is switched from inside the house? If not, do I ...
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Screws used for deck - how to replace?

I bought a house with large raised deck, and the home inspector told me that I need to replace all of the screws with no shear screws, and that since they used screws originally, I cannot use nails ...
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Rotted rim joist behind deck ledger board

Background Over the past week I've ripped up the old decking and railings on our 12x15 deck, and installed new railings and all but the last two boards. Noticing that there was no ledger flashing, I ...
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Deck Stairs on Uneven Ground -

How do you recommend putting in deck stairs on uneven ground? I have significant slope in both directions - 8 inches sideways across a step and 3.5 inches down the steps. See attached drawing showing ...
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Double rim joists on deck

I'm replacing a deck. Its goes out 12' from the house and 24' along it. Should the outside joists be doubled? (2 boards side by side) I'm using 2x10's for the joists. 2x8's are right on the edge for a ...
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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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Awning materials for deck under dirty trees

Our second-story deck is underneath some weeping Cherry trees and Birch trees, which drop cherries, pollen, twigs and junk 3/4 of the year it seems. I want to put an awning over the deck (there is ...
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Preparing a deck for staining

I have an old deck that was stained 3 years ago. Some of the stains have come off and the deck does not really look good (living in Canada with too much snow and temperature changes, I don't blame it!...
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How to attach deck when ledger board will be too low?

I'm building a (low) deck, and the siding is brick. I don't think attaching ledger board to brick siding is a good idea, it's not structural, even if I drill all the way through the brick, air gap and ...
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Melting snow on the deck leaked into the house. Is my deck flashing incorrect or insufficient?

Last fall I had a small deck built to replace three masonry stoops that were falling apart. The sheathing behind the stoops was not flashed and was rotting. The contractor did a good job as far as I ...
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What type of fasteners should I use when replacing exterior deck boards?

I have a wooden walkway that leads from my deck down to my pool. Some of the boards are rotten and I want to replace them. Is this a project for a Nail Gun (which is how everything is currently put ...
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How Can I Correctly Attach new 4x4 Deck Rail Posts on the surface to an existing deck?

The previous 4x4 deck rail posts were notched and attached with nails on the outside of the deck. We have replaced many deck boards (2x6 pt) and want to replace the railing using 4x4 rail posts. We ...
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Staining a Pressure treated deck

I installed a PT Deck in June. Wanted to get protection on it before winter set in, so pressure washed it & let it dry 1 week. I then stained it with a quality semi-transparent oil based stain. ...
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Sand deck or do not sand deck

I just power washed my deck because I need to restain. In some places there is no stain and in some places the stain is still on. The power washing did an excellent job removing dirt. I have read ...
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How do I repair deck sloping on one side of the house?

I'm in Jonesboro, GA. My deck is about 3 ft off the ground. I have a crawl space. The deck is leaning/sloping down from the house on the left side. I looked at many youtube videos and found the ...
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Should I use pilot holes to reduce chances of splitting the post?

The height of 3 of 6 of the 4x4 posts I need to make on a deck are only 3.5" high. These would be on top of concrete piers and then (2) 2x8 beams on top of that and then joists on the beams. Its just ...
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Attach Ledger to Rim Joist with peace of mind

Assuming I use a ledger board (vs freestanding...ehem) I will be attaching a ledger to my rim-joist which is an engineered heavy 1" thick OSB material. I know it's structurally sound, but, I have my ...
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Best wood to mill for building a deck

I want to build a large deck in the south (TN specifically). I have a friend with a large forested property and a mill who will allow me access to affordable wood, should I mill it myself. I ...
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Is it a bad idea to paint the underside of a deck?

What happens when you paint underside of deck? I have been advised not to do that. Can anyone give a good answer?
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How can I repair decking and a joist damaged by a small fire?

Whoops. My deck caught fire and now I need to replace the burnt parts. From what I can tell, I need to pry up the deck boards to access the burnt joist. Then replace the decking that was damaged on ...
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Is deckover or a simple stain more appropriate for this deck

I spent a couple of days sanding this deck and aside from a few boards that need to be partially replaced it is in good condition. I also plan to fill in a few holes with wood putty. But I'm ...
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Is it ok to have two separate ledger boards

I'm replacing the 10' x 8' attached deck on my house with a 16' x 16' attached deck. What I'm wondering is if it would be ok if the ledger board from the old deck could be reused and then another ...
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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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Removing Old Deck - how to patch missing aluminum siding

I want to tear off the deck and replace it with stairs down to a patio. What stops me is what to do about the "holes" it leaves in the aluminum siding. There will be small holes where the railing ...
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Creating slope for corrugated shade roof on deck

A few years ago I built a deck on the back of the house. No roof was installed but 2 x 6 supports were installed horizontally from the house to the far side of the deck. Now I want to put some shade ...
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I am repairing a wood deck and what to know why you would use cleats instead of wood screws?

I am repairing my wooden deck and I read that someone was using cleats and nails instead of steel wood screws. What is difference and how do I know what will work for me?
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Correct method for Patio deck attachment to roof

Just moved into a house, the patio deck roof looks unstable. It's connected to the rafters by what looks like deck nails with no ledger board. Looking for opinions in this condition if I should tear ...
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How many and how heavy of container plants can a rooftop deck handle?

We have recently had a rooftop deck constructed on the third floor of our MN home, and since we have virtually no yard, are considering using some of the space to "go green," while still leaving ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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Joining two composite decking boards side by side

I described my problem in this question here How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam? This is the outcome of that project. There ended up a bit of gap in some area like 1/8" - 3/16". It'...
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Trying to understand deck plans for pergola post

The deck plans I want to use has a pergola on the deck. It appears to use the same 6x6 post for both the deck and the pergola as can be seen in the rendering included with the plans: I can't figure ...
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How do I add a 16'X16' Pergola to an existing floating deck?

I just completed building a floating deck. It is shaped like a trapezoid, due to the angle of my driveway. The deck is 22.25' on the longest side. The opposite, parallel side is 17.5' long. The ...
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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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Composite deck stair overhang vs. flush

I am installing composite decking stair and I found there are two ways to do it: One inch overhang: Flush and show fascia edges: What are the pros and cons of each method? I tend to go with the ...
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How to install Trex decking board as top rail?

I like to install the Trex decking boards on top railing like this The goal is not showing screws on top. So I must screw in from the bottom through the top Universal Rail. But what is the "...
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Can I attach a freestanding deck to concrete block garage wall?

I'm certain you can't attach a ledger to cinder block that is why the deck is going to be free standing. However, I would like to know if the deck could somehow be secured to the garage. Kind of like ...
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Sagging Deck rail repair

This question below that someone else asked fits my situation. One of the answers said to use double wedges. What are those? How can I raise the railing slowly so as not to break or crack the ...
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Wooden deck butting up to retaining wall not square

My husband built a deck from our house out toward our retaining wall. The wall is not square with the house. We are on a budget and want to make this aesthetically pleasing now, and will redo the ...
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Duplicate/extend outdoor GFCI outlet with above ground PVC conduit?

So I am in the final stages of a deck rebuild, and at the last minute thought about a slight change. To the right of this photo you can see an power outlet on the wall, currently has a yellow ...
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Use Textured Strand Lap Siding or concrete board to attach outside deck trim

I want to "cover" the outside of the deck trim because the look of treated wood isn't good. But if I use deck material (composite) to run around, it's going to be expensive. I am planning to just use ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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How to protect outdoor transformer plugging into in-use outlet?

I have an outdoor DC transformer for lighting system that must connect to an outdoor outlet. It's not hardwired. So if I plug this transformer to an in-use outlet permanently, how do I ensure that ...
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Is it OK to mount outdoor electrical outlet box to deck trim board?

I see most places have outdoor outlet either standing by itself (via post or something hard) or mounted to wall. If I run my wiring under the deck and when it comes out, can I mount it on the side of ...
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Is this base idea sufficient for a ground level, not attached to the house wooden patio?

I have a rough plan for a ground level deck. The deck will not be attached to anything though it will sit under and extend a bit from a free standing pergola. My plan is to bury most of a cinder ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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Run new electrical wiring in backyard from existing wall outlet

I am planning to run a new electrical wiring in my backyard and start from where the current outlet is at the wall (behind my kitchen): It's right above the deck and here is the picture under the ...
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Where is the ledger supposed to attach to the rim joist?

If you look at the pic there's a gap right under the door way, about 5 inches deep and high. The rim joist of the house is halfway behind the brick and the other half is exposed right under the door. ...
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Am I required to use footings when building a deck or can I just have the posts resting on the ground? (Wisconsin)

I want to build a deck for my house but I don't really want to dig holes and pour concrete for the footings. Can I just build the deck on ground level using something like this to support the posts? ...