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How can I increase deck board gap without removing the boards?

My friends just bought a new house that has a deck that has gone mossy/moldy. The sellers pressure washed the deck and replaced a few soft boards, but the real problem is that there isn’t enough gap ...
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Porch construction: orientation of flooring boards (perpendicular or parallel to siding)

We are are planing to replace our 3rd floor porch and I have a question about the orientation of the boards. What is the purpose of the board that is parallel to the siding and perpendicular to all ...
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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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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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Filling the gap between deck boards

We have two gumtrees over a largish deck - 10 x 4 m with 120mm Merbau. I had 80mm before it was redone. The gumnuts and sticks and leaves are a total pain! The trees are nice but all year they make a ...
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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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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 fix blotchy deck

2 year old pine deck was originally weathered for 6 weeks then 2x coats of Calbots Silver Beech Water Based Deck and Exterior Stain applied. We did it ourselves and overall did a pretty bad job, my ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How should I seal a covered, tongue and groove porch?

I'm looking to install and seal a tongue and groove (1x4, fir) porch to replace the original tongue and groove at our home. The porch is covered. I want to keep a natural, clear finish. I assumed I ...
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Is using a single hanger plus a framing angle on a double member sufficient

I recently had a deck built. The deck has a few places where double joists are used between beams to allow cutouts for trees. The framers used single joist hangers for the 2x6 16" oc joists. On ...
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Suggestions for building plywood landing and connecting to concrete stoop?

I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that ...
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Will pressure-treated lumber shrink enough to cause failure of roof flashing around it?

We need to replace the flat roof on our balcony deck. In the process we also need to replace the balcony deck railing. The salesman for our contractor recommended a wooden railing to match what we ...
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Replacement deck beam equivalence

I have to replace the main beam in a deck at my house. The deck is 10 x 23 and the beam is 6 feet from the wall with the other side of the deck supported from the wall. The deck joists are sistered to ...
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Sizing a landscape lighting transformer

I'm surprised this hasn't come up before but I did a search here and didn't find anything, so here goes. I need to power a dozen 12VDC LED deck post lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. I want to place ...
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Are there wood sealers that are safe for fresh or saltwater marine use?

I have a wood dock over a lake. It is time to clean and seal the dock. I am planning on pressure washing the dock first, then I am planning to have a clear seal. Looking at products in Lowe's and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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