Questions tagged [deck]

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Rim joists sitting on top of notched post

My older deck doesn’t have a beam. Instead, the rim joist is attached to the 4x4 posts, most of which are notched and serve as both support for the rim joist and continue up as railing posts. I ...
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How to approach expanding the deck a little bit to make room for a grill?

We're always moving the grill around because it's in the way when not in use. I'd like to find a permanent home for it and this location would be perfect if I could easily expand the deck a little. ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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Attaching a surface-mount deck post into tripled-up joists?

My existing deck has a railing system that has no posts - just wooden ballusters secured to doubled-up joists on the ends and to the rim joist on the edge. I'm interested in switching to a composite ...
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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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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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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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Can I replace a bit of a cinder block wall with wood post to support a deck?

We're in the process of replacing some deck boards, and are wondering if we should replace a section of the cement block wall. We're also not sure what the best way to go about it is. It's apparent ...
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Joist / Jack Hanger for Custom Angles on an Octagon

I am building a deck in the shape of a donut octagon and have some joists meet at odd angles (67.5 deg / 112.5 deg). I have found adjustable joist hangers (ex Simpson Strong Tie LSSJ ) but they only ...
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Outdoor LED strip enclosure that aims light towards the floor?

Most LED strip enclosures (e.g. for mounting under stair risers or cabinets) direct the light in the opposite direction from the mounting surface. But I'm looking to direct light towards the surface ...
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Deck boards meet accent/seam board: gap or not?

I'm designing a 20'x12' deck with 5/4"x6" floor boards (pressure-treated northern fir), which will have a seam/accent board to break the 20' run into 2 x ~10' sections. The accent is ~12' ...
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angled bracket to attach a beam to a post?

I am in the planning stages to build a deck around an oval pool. I have angles like the picture shows below (probably 30 degrees).. Is there a bracket i can use instead of the connection shown? NY ...
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Waiting a year before applying semi-solid stain to new treated pine deck?

We had a new pressure-treated pine deck installed about six months ago. I know the wood has aged/dried enough to take a semi-ttransparent stain. But we prefer the appearance of a semi-solid stain like ...
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How to get old waterproof waterproofing stains - semi transparent off a wooden deck?

I bought a deck cleaner a year ago and it didn't get the old color off. What else can I do?
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Polymeric sand or replace original paver sand?

My back patio is made from closely placed paver bricks. Weeds and moss grow up from between the cracks. I've pressure washed the whole area off, removed all of the moss, and pulled out all of the ...
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Beam size to span 18 feet for deck roof

I'm looking for help on planning a roof over a deck I plan on adding to my house. The roof will be 18' wide and extend out 12' from the house. I want to have at least a 1' overhang on each side making ...
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5 Post Pergola Design - How big to make the beams and rafters?

I'm building a new deck and pergola in my backyard. The deck is pretty much done, and the pergola posts are in. I'm now I'm trying to decide how to finish up the pergola. Deck is roughly 12 feet wide ...
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Should I still use joist hangers when building a deck with all joists on blocks?

I changed the layout of the decking on a free-standing front porch I am building. Original design: Deck blocks with 4x4 posts under double 2x8 beams. joists to the beams using hangers. New (lower) ...
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Help securing freestanding wood deck fence

Disclaimer: I know it is broken and missing some slats I reinstalled my wood fence and I need better ways to secure it. I cannot attach it to the aluminum sidings (on the left). The 2 posts are ...
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Fastener Material for Children's Play Structure

I'm building a back yard play structure for my children. It is composed of some treated lumber (where necessary) and cedar. I'm trying to keep it as "healthy" as I can, which is why I ...
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Attaching treads to stringers when building deck stairs

I have deck stairs with 2x10 treads attached to 2x10 stringers with 2x4 cleats. Should I also screw the treads in from outside the stringer? If so what fastener should I use.
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How to support a floating deck stair

I am working on building a floating deck and am having trouble deciding on how to support my stairs. I was planning on having a single step, and was wondering what the options were as to what it could ...
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Desert deck, waterless maintenance, no ‘beauty of the wood’, can I sand and paint @ 3-yr intervals?

I have a 10-year old deck, 20-feet in the air, with peeling paint. It is surrounded by white stucco ( below also ) so I can not afford to have chemical stripper running down the stucco and pressure ...
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Sanding Screens vs Sandpaper for Cedar Deck sanding

I am sanding my cedar deck. The deck has been stained and in places it is worn away leaving bare cedar that has weathered and turned silver. I have the sander for the weekend, ( 12x18 ) inches and ...
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Joist span for grade level deck

I have a sunken backyard concrete patio which is sloped for drainage. The slope reduces usability for sheds, BBQs, picnic tables, etc. The space is approx 15' x 25', with concrete walls on 3 sides. ...
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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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Extend front porch deck 7"

We are building a small cabin and the pier blocks are extending 4.5 inches past the face of the deck framing. When we were building, we didn't think of it, but now that we are in finishing stages and ...
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Will Varsol eventually evaporate from my deck boards so I that deck sealer will bond well?

I am finally about to repaint my 20 year old deck with Restore. This project has gone on for far too many days already and I think it would have been easier (and cheaper if you count my time) to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Need advice on deck posts that will have concrete poured around them

I have a raised deck, attached to the side of my house on one side and held up by three posts on the other. Under each post is a small cement pad and the posts bracketed to those with a buffer piece ...
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North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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Deck Ledger with Manufactured Wood Joists

My house came with a second story deck added by the previous owner. The ledger is attached directly over the stucco and is attached to a 1/2 in plywood band board with deck screws. The band board ...
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If I'm attaching a freestanding deck to cement landing, is it ok to have it sloped and not perfectly level?

When I took the original measurements of the step height, I didn't take into consideration the sloping cement landing areas off the last step. So my deck height, plus the 1" decking board is about 1/2"...
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Building an 18' x 8 foot free standing deck with pergola

My plan is to build an 18 x 8 foot free standing deck at the front entrance to my home. Then add a pergola over the entire deck. My area is sandy soil. No underground utilities in the area I want to ...
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Restaining a deck after scraping, prime with oil base?

We have scraped and washed our large older pressure treated deck which had originally had an oil based semi transparent stain, but now has a latex solid stain. We have always followed our paint stores ...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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How to attach deck ledger with furred out sheathing

I'm a DIYer planning to put in a deck, and am working on a permit application. I've got what I think is an unusual configuration of siding and sheathing on my house, and I'm wondering what the best ...
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Flashing from recessed exterior door on concrete?

Old house, with poorly installed exterior door on top of renovated old garage which leads to deck. I'm installing a waterproofing system, and I could probably flash in almost every place but not sure ...
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How to replace the heavily notched 4x4 support posts on my deck?

Does anyone have a code compliant idea to replace the support posts I have on my deck? The deck is basically supported by a heavily notched 4x4 that only supports a single 2x6 board that's part of the ...
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Can I build tool storage cabinets off of bottom of deck joists?

I have room, and would like to make, some storage for tools in an area under my deck using 3/4 in plywood. I could cement in 4x4 or something in the ground and build off of that but behind a ...
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Best way to flash pvc deck frieze board to brick/concrete

I'm resurfacing a deck and installing a waterproofing spline between the deckboards called Dexerdry. The first board sits in routed 5/4 x 4 PVC which is fastened to the exterior of the house. A few ...
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Patio Deck Piers Construction

I have some piers under my patio deck. What kind of pier is it? Are there concrete footings underneath these green poles? I am remaking my deck, and would like to add some more of these. I can't see ...