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How should I reinforce this slide from my deck?

I recently bought a house that has an attached deck in fairly poor shape, so I will be replacing it in the next year or so. Until then, my children want to play on a spiral slide that is attached to ...
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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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How can I support a stair landing from a lower deck?

We are in the process of building a new lower level deck onto the back of our house. There is an existing deck that comes off of the house at our main level, but we want to add a larger deck down ...
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Roof beam to ledger attachment at end of ledger?

I am building a deck with a hip roof attached to the house. There is a roof ledger board that supports three beams perpendicular to the back face of the house. The center beam rests on top of the ...
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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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At what point should I favor a tighter joist gap over 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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Can deck posts be rested on a patio slab?

In reference to the undersized concrete pier discussed in this other question: Is the following solution a feasible one from the standpoint of distributing load over higher number of posts? (and thus ...
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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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Can I support 6x6“ deck posts on 10” diameter poured concrete footings?

I am building a new 13x10 deck. So far I have the ledger board in place, and yesterday I finished building 3 concrete footings, 9 ft away from the ledger board. I use tubing, 36 inch deep with gravel ...
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Porch flooring: vinyl click & lock planks an option?

I am contemplating finishing an outdoor porch floor with vinyl click & lock planks. Is this feasible? The porch is 100% covered, and is on the North side. It receives no direct sunlight, except at ...
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Decking splitting before installation - how do I stop this?

Background: I deliberately ordered extra decking assuming that I would possibly ruin one, cull some, and perhaps a few might split, warp or cup as they dried. Since then, all but a couple of the ...
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Is this hinged collapsible clothesline design stable enough?

I need help validating my clothesline design. It'll be on our deck for convenience (I don't want to lug a heavy basket of wet laundry down to the backyard). I want it to be collapsible so we can hide ...
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Attaching wooden posts to existing deck

I have a rooftop deck and want to put up 4 posts for string lights and attaching a shade sail. After consulting some YouTube videos and diy sites, I'm planning on purchasing post bases that ...
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Is my foundation design for this garbage can hutch overcomplicated?

I am looking for feedback on the plan for a hutch I want to build for my garbage cans and table saw. I plan to have it sit on a slope next to my driveway. I’ve used a deck planning tool to guess at ...
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Material on this deck - what, why, and how to cover?

I recently purchased a house that has an upper-floor deck above the front porch, with a shingled roof above that: The upper floor deck, i.e. the part you can walk out on from the upper floor, has a ...
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Code compliance of using UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) shims for deck leveling

I'm building a deck that will partially sit on an existing concrete slab. Slab is slated and I need to level the joists with shims. I'm planning to use custom cut UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight ...
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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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Water coming into post hole for deck

I am just starting to build a deck. I dug the holes for my posts. I live in Michigan, frost line is 42". I dug down to 48" with the intent of putting a 6" pole barn biscuit to use as ...
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New Pressure Treated boards are wider than existing ones

I am adding to a deck that is framed with 2"x10" beams and joists. I bought new Pressure Treated boards to add to it, but have found that the new boards are 9-7/16" versus the 9-1/4&...
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Rot or mold on the underside of deck

Anyone know what this stuff is? Had boards similar looking to these on our deck two months back, ripped the bad boards out, but the neighboring boards acquired the same ailment since then. Ripped ...
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Why do exterior decks not use 2x12 or 2x10 lumber?

It is time to replace the exterior decking (mostly cedar, but some planks replaced by Douglas-fir). Alas, the finishing work 12 years ago did not endure; some planks have rotted— particularly at ends ...
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Best wood for wood post base?

The bottom of my porch post is rotten. I will be painting the new wood. What kind of wood would be best for this?
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Outside outlet not working [duplicate]

Yesterday I was outside to do lawn weed eater to cut the grasses around the garden. So I had to plug it into the outlet at the top and bottom. It doesn't work at all. So, this morning I tried on one ...
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What is the maximum span for a beam made of two 2x10s screwed together?

This is for a deck. If I make a beam out of two 2x10s, what would the maximum span be? The beams will be 8 feet apart (joist span). They will be resting on posts. The number of posts depends on how ...
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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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How do I repair decking where my screws have broken?

We installed a deck (various 2x and 4x PT lumber with 5/4 PT decking) two summers ago. As the wood dried, it warped and shrunk, so the deck's been squeaking with every step. I just took an hour or so ...
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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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Can I relocate bird's nest? [migrated]

Doing a deck project and found a bird's nest. Can I safely move it in order to continue working? Think they'll fledge soon? This is in New Jersey.
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Is there any reason to not span entire deck with boards?

I'm looking at needing to rebuild my back deck and researching my options. The way the deck is currently rotting It appears that it is at the seams where two adjacent boards share the same joist it is ...
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Max Deck Load PSF for Hot Tub

I am looking to place a 7'-10" x 9'-2" hot tub on my deck and am trying to evaluate the load capacity of the deck. Inspecting underneath the deck it looks like the load will be evenly ...
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Why don't my composite deck screws go in all the way? Why RT screws?

I'm trying to finish up a composite deck project. We had been using SplitStop screws when we needed them, but I only need about 30 more and don't want to buy another box of them because they're very ...
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Calculating Stair Strings - Is 7.92" Too High of a Rise for Patio Stairs?

I'm adding steps from a house down to a patio and am trying to build the stringers: 23.75" Total Rise 12x2 nominal lumber for the stringers. Total of 4 stringers @ 48" wide .92" ...
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What can I fill my deck beam trench with to prevent standing water?

I am in the process of building a multi level deck where the second level would be low to grade. As such, i had to dig some trenches (about 10-12" deep) as part of the beams will be below grade. ...
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How to protect stair stringers from water rot?

I'm repairing the stairs of a deck structure, replacing dry-rot stringers with new ones. The stringers rest on top of a cement pool deck. The pool deck is sloped towards the stairs, so I expect rain ...
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Is there code compliant way to attach deck joists below a deck beam (or at least lower than flush with the top of the beam)?

I am trying to design a roof top deck above a flat roof on a row house. The deck must bear on the parapet walls (4 layers thick structural brick walls on both sides of the roof), it can not bear on ...
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What is the correct slope for a deck, and why?

I am building a deck (12' wide) and see that deck boards (at least when perpendicular to the house) should be sloped away from the house so water will run away from the house. Seeing numbers for 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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What type of supports do I need for a 12'x20' deck?

My deck has 12' joists and is 20' wide. It's attached to the house by ledger board. This is in Connecticut and house was built in 2013 to put into perspective the building code at the time. The ...
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What would be the potential pitfalls in pouring a concrete patio over deck footings and then securing the posts to the slab?

I am going to have a 4" concrete patio poured in my backyard, and over that I want to build a 2nd story deck. All of this essentially occupies the same space, meaning the posts either need to be ...
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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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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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Extending 4x4 deck posts by only 5”

I have an existing deck that have posts extending from footers under the deck and all the way through for railings. The posts only go up 30” above the deck and I need to add 6” to add new railings. I ...
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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 can I seal between siding and sunroom to block bee access?

I have a sunroom which is right next to the siding of my houses: However, as shown below, there are some gaps between the siding and the sunroom, and some bees go inside the gaps and make holes. I’d ...
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How to add deck gate with offset 4x4's?

I'm looking to add a gate at the top of deck stairs, where the gate swings inward and the hinges are towards the yard side of deck. There are two issues. The 4x4 posts are offset What would be the ...
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How can I insulate my porch floor?

I have a wooden screened-in porch on a cabin that I am remodeling, with approximately 30 inches from the ground to the bottom of the porch tongue-and-groove boards. I am considering insulating the ...
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How to stain wood filler on deck railing?

I first used a non-stainable PC-Woody to repair some cracks and nail holes on treated deck posts and railings without thinking. When I realized my mistake, I switched to a stainable wood filler (DAP ...
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ground level deck drainage suggestions?

I am Looking for ideas to keep water from pooling under a new ground-level deck. The frame in the photo was dug 8-10inches below the ground. I'm using composite decking so I need minimum 6 inches ...
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Restoring my deck: is washing necessary if I sand?

I'm restoring my untreated/unsealed cedar wood deck. It was left with no care for 12 years old before we bought it. I changed the damaged board and I'm now at the sanding stage. I saw all the how-to ...
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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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