Questions tagged [deck]

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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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Does the front rim joist have the strength to support this deck?

Should I just lag bolt the ledger to the rim, or should I reinforce the rim joist with say a simpson strongtie htt4, and carriage bolt, and cut some cats to attach it? It seems that if there were a ...
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Why does the maximum deck overhang sometimes decrease with joist spacing?

The deck construction guide for my area contains this table: Look at the "Allowable Overhang" columns. It's odd that a wider joint spacing (24") permits a longer overhang. For example, look at the ...
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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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What should I do about deck footings near the house?

I was going to build a free standing deck at the back of my house. The first set of footings would be 1'9" from the concrete basement/foundation for the house. The house is a new construction built ...
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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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How big of abeam do i need to use to support a 20 foot span [closed]

How can I design a deck that is 20'×with support only on the sides.
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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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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 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 it OK to build a deck with OSB?

I have left over 2x4s and OSB from a project a few months back (lean-to shed). It is just enough to make a 12'x8' deck, and I was wondering if this would be "OK" to use for decking? The main purpose ...
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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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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 use post being sunk for a sail shade as corner support for a deck?

I'm currently replacing a slightly above ground level deck that rotted. The deck will fit between the house and a flag stone patio. One edge is tied to the house via a ledger board. I would like to ...
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Applied stain to deck and still not dry after a week, what can I do?

I decided to restain my deck last week since it was looking pretty worn after a New England winter. The deck is only 1 year old since we bought new construction. I contacted the builder and purchased ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Stacking two 6x6 posts for two story deck

We are having our two story deck fixed. The deck is built on the downward sloping side of a hill and the footings were failing. The footings were replaced with much larger tube-formed footings. When ...
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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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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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How can I pour a concrete patio under my existing deck without surrounding the deck posts in concrete?

I would like to pour a concrete patio under my deck. The concrete company said they would just pour the concrete around the posts with a expansion joint around the posts. I thought that would cause ...
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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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Should I finish staining my half-stained deck with rain coming?

We were supposed to have two weeks of perfect weather conditions so I started the process of staining my deck, I cleaned it, sanded it and yesterday applied the first coat to half of it. Now the ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

I have a deck with vinyl posts, and 5"x5" vinyl caps on the posts. I'm looking at how I can affix them to the posts so they don't blow off. I found a "Vinyl Fence Glue" listed at both Home Depot and ...
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

Situation: I have an existing deck with a roof overhang. I'm in the process of planning a rebuild and need to detail how the columns will A: attach to the existing roof and B: to the deck. I can find ...
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What's the proper way to add spacers between deck beam and joists

I have a 20 year old deck. One of the foundation posts (4x4) has sunken about an inch. The 4x4 post goes into the ground where it is affixed in concrete. The 4x4 post is notched at the top and two ...
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Adding a pergola to my deck; ok to replace corner railings posts with pergola posts?

Planning to add a pergola to my deck for shade and growing grapes and need help deciding if I should extend the posts of the pergola to the ground on a concrete base or if I can just attach it to the ...
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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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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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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 should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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Attaching surface mount deck railing posts directly above a 5 1/8" Rim joist

eI am installing a deck railing that will be directly above 5 1/8" x 11" glue laminated deck beam along the front of the deck. Along the sides of the deck, it will be doubled up 2x10 joists. I can't ...
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How to build a terrace without a deep base?

I am planning to build a wooden terrace near my summer house. I have about 35 leftover steel reinforced concrete slabs that are 137x31x3 cm in size. They weigh about 30-50kg each. I would like to ...

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