Questions tagged [deck]

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How to get up deck boards with rusted screws, want to plane and reuse the boards so the screws have to come out

a slight spin on other questions. I have a deck that is coming out with painted wood and rusted screws. 1 out of 10 comes out OK, the others break off. Since I am going to be re-using the wood, and ...
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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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3-Arm pergola corner bracket for 4x4s?

How can I reproduce the functionality of these 3-Arm pergola corner brackets for 4x4 wood posts? My concern is that it will need to securely hold the weight of the treated 4x4. They would be used for ...
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Attaching wood railing to cement

I want to remove the metal railing and put in a proper wood railing. I was planning on cutting the pipe flush with the cement and then using a bracket to connect my 4x4. However, when they put in the ...
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deck footer issue

My deck is 40 years old. It is 2 Tier and very well maintained. The posts are 6x6. The original footers were poured directly into the earth with the posts submerged into concrete. The deck is rock ...
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Can I install composite decking directly on top of concrete?

Is it ok to add a flat deck over this concrete pad( the pad is about 5 inches tall, and slightly slopes away from the house. How would I go about adding decking over it. I'm pretty handy but just ...
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How should I accommodate thinner replacement deck boards?

I have a deck on the house that is currently nominal 2x4 of various species. (the previous owners had no taste). I want to replace the surface with Ipe wood. It comes as nominal 5/4 x 6 which is a ...
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Can I put a wall and roof on an overhanging deck?

Is it safe to build a free-standing deck with overhangs on all four sides and then turn it into a screened porch by putting walls up on the very edge of the deck? I don't know if it's a good idea to ...
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What is the best approach to repair outside cantilevered wood deck joists with dry rot?

I have a cantilevered deck that was needing new decking boards. As it turns out it also has some dry rot on the joists that are cantilevered from the house (14ft high, extending 6ft from the house - a ...
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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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How to attach single step for deck where deck rim joist is not low enough to overlap step rim board

Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this: I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here ...
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Deck beam recomendations for coastal climate

In a coastal climate with rain can I use untreated beams for an exterior deck if the deck has a torch on membrane? The deck sits on a retaining wall to provide a 4' crawl space. The crawl space may ...
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Purpose of this diagonal board on underside of deck?

This board is nailed to the underside of the joists, and does not extend across the full width of the deck. I'm planning to add a commercial under-deck ceiling, and would need to remove that board. ...
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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 to raise sinking deck post

I have a portion of my deck that's a 4' square connecting stairs that go up and down from it. One of the corner posts (green post in the pic) has sunk between 1/2 and 1 inch and I'd like to raise it ...
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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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How can I correct a gap between joists and a beam on a new construction deck?

I am building a new deck. It's a basic 16' by 20'. I installed the posts, ledger, and 2 beams. I am working on the joists. When I hung the joist hangers, I didn't check their contact with the beams ...
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What's the easiest way to fix these deck joists?

Today I found some deck joists are either cracked or completely out of shape. I was wondering do I have to remove all the boards to replace these joists? There are two joists that seem to be really ...
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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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How to hoist hot tub out of surrounding deck?

I need to raise a hot tub out of the deck in our back yard to address a critter problem (rodents have been living underneath so I need to clean it and critter-proof it.) The deck seems to have been ...
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How to replace siding around deck

The previous owners of my house installed a small deck off the back of the house. The deck was built flush against the siding. I am going to replace the siding on the house, so I’m wondering what to ...
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How to install deck railing post sleeves on these posts?

When I bought my house, the deck was in poor shape. Enough to pass inspection, but the deck boards have not been sealed or washed in years. There are way too many splintering and cracked boards. I ...
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Retrofitting Rusted Deck Standoff

I have a very rusted 4 x 4 deck standoff: Is it possible to retrofit this post without having to move the entire post? I was hoping I could jack up the deck and cut the bolt off and then make new ...
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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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Is it normal to install (pvc) decking like hardwood flooring?

Forgive me I'm a newb. We have become the proud owners of a new deck. One of the features that we thought was great was that the boards are installed fairly snugly and diagonally nailed into joists ...
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Indoor or outdoor paint for wheelchair ramp inside garage?

I built this wheelchair ramp in my mother's garage for her older friends and when she gets older. It's in NE Ohio and is inside an attached garage. Should only get water from wet or snowy shoes coming ...
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Treatment for wood under a Trex Deck

Just moved into a 5 y/o house with a "maintainence free" Trex deck. Underneath, it's supported by lumber as shown below When it rains the water drips through the deck slats and leaves this ...
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How can I waterproof a hole in my vinyl deck to fit a downspout?

I am wondering if anyone might have some suggestions on solving this drainage issue with our vinyl deck. We used to have 2 separate decks but upon rebuild we have them joined with a narrow walkway. ...
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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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Sistering cantilevered floor joists

A stair and landing was incorrectly built without a drip edge over 4 cantilevered joists coming out of the building. Over the years, water got in and rotted the joists to just past the point where ...
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Flooring a concrete deck, without raising the floor (much)

I bought a house with a concrete deck 14x14' in size. I'd like to install some sort of flooring on the deck, however, I am worried about two things: The weather conditions, especially snow and rain, ...
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6x6 Deck post repair, Joining two 6x6 posts

I need to replace a 13 ft high, approximately, 6x6 deck post due to dry rot on bottom half of the post . The deck sits around 10 ft high from the ground and rest of it [post] is above the deck ...
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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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How can I secure these inadequate/leaning deck supports?

I am in the process of buying a house. The home inspector noted problems with the deck, most significantly "leaning posts." What would be required to get those 4x4 supports adequately secured to the ...
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Do I need to rip 1/4 of an inch off of my 2x8s to build box steps

I'm building box steps to go between the upper and lower portion of my deck. The total height difference from surface to surface is 24 inches. I'm planning to build the box out of 2x8s and use decking ...
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Should I make my two steps have the same rise or keep one closer to a typical height?

I have a 10-1/2" rise outside from my concrete patio to my deck. Should I put in one step at the halfway point or a shorter step with a 3" rise with the 2nd step being 7-1/2"?
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Attach one-step to ground level deck

I want to do something like this photo but I don't know how to attach the one-step platform thing: I circled two areas that should be attached by nails (assuming 16d Common Nail). But the photo shows ...
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How to straighten a twisted 2x6 deck board

I have a 2x6 deck board (treated lumber) that is 14 feet long and it's lying across 6 joists and a ledger on the east end and a frame board on the west end. Right now it's not screwed in anywhere. If ...
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Should I set deck post footings deeply or use concrete footings?

I am building a deck. How about setting 6x6 p.t. posts down on a concrete footing at 4 feet deep (the frost line here) and fill with gravel and soil, and then let the posts run high for the railings? ...
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Putting PT Piers in Ground

I'm building an attached deck and have already buried precast piers in the ground. Unfortunately, I had to dig so deep that the tops of the piers are below finished ground level. I'd rather not bury ...
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Should I favor a tighter joist interval or more blocking between joists in order to get the most firmness in the deck?

I am planning a deck with dimensions of 14' x 20', where that is 14' out from the house, and 20' along the house wall. This will be an elevated deck with 2' of that outward span cantilevered. The ...
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What type/brand of decking do I have?

I am repairing a hole in an my deck, due to son's pogo-sticking incident. I'd love to know what brand/type of decking I have so that I can look up correct repair techniques. I've appended a photo. It ...
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How to support freestanding trellis with 2x4 legs

I'm getting married soon. One of the decorations is a custom built arbor 7.5 ft tall, 7 ft wide, and 2 ft deep, made with 2x4 legs. After the wedding we want to install it in our garden as a rose ...
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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 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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Floating Dock Framing Length?

I'm planning on building a floating dock and am looking for advice on framing. More Specifically, i'm wondering if anyone knows what the maximum length I can span between two floats? I inherited ...
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Grading under deck

I bought a house 18 months ago with some known issues. I discovered that the permit for the deck is still open (17 years old) because of the issues the contractor made putting it in. I think some of ...
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Building a deck without help

I am planning to build a deck but it has been difficult to find contractor. My question is - how difficult is it to build a deck without another set of hands ? Are there any devices available which ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

My soon to be constructed deck will have beams made from three 2x12s sandwiching ½" plywood, sitting on 6x6 posts. This gives both the beams and the posts a width of 5½ inches. To ensure the ...
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How to install deck railing top board slanted

I'm building the railings for my new deck and plan to use a 2x6 as the top board. 4x4 posts, 2x4 rails. How can I make it a bit slanted to help shed rain water with minimal tools? (No table saw, no ...

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