Questions tagged [deck]

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Adding new joists to old deck: lumber size mismatch

Very new to this forum, forgive me for any mistakes. I am replacing the decking on an existing deck at my house, and the new decking is a composite PVC cap stock product. The old decking was cedar, ...
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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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Does composite decking hold more solar heat than wood decking?

In the Virginia townhouse I'm renting, there's a deck out back made out of composite decking material (or rather, topped with it; the underlying structure is wood). Stepping out onto the deck after it ...
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Can I build deck on top of patio?

I have a large concrete patio at the rear of our house - 12 inches thick, with no settlement noticed (it's been down for about 7 years now). We're considering extending our deck out; at the moment we ...
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Corner post for flush beam deck

I'm replacing my deck. I would like to use a flush beam (same level as joists) at the edge opposite the ledger because I plan to put a roof over it and I can put the roof posts right on top of the ...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

I'm planning to build an elevated deck. I was going to dig the holes for the posts, put them in and set them in quikrete. I've done this for a fence and I'm comfortable with the process. A deck ...
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Planning an oversized deck [closed]

we are planning on building an oversized deck 50 foot long, 18 foot wide, 9 foot high Using 2x12x18 southern pine decking joist. Planning on spacing post 6 foot apart. I’m looking for advice ...
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Replacing deck joist - board width mismatch

I am working on replacing decking and found a couple of rotted joist I decided to replace as well. The joist size is 2x8-12. I purchased the replacement joists however when I took one rotten out and ...
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Concrete or gravel for deck post?

I am building a deck and keep getting some conflicting messages when it comes to backfilling the holes. Already dug down 24”, added gravel for drainage and 4-6” of concrete (hole día approx 12-15”). ...
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Can I shim the top of an 6x6 post that is supporting a beam?

I'll admit it - I cut a 6x6 fir post 7/8" too short. I don't relish buying a new one because of cost, it being the weekend, and the attachment to the base pier is with a knife-style simpson connection ...
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What to use to backfill around the concrete pier block?

Given the image above: What should I use to backfill the hole around the concrete pier block? I am thinking to use one of the following: (1) Paver base (again) (2) Gravel (3) Just the dirt that I ...
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Joining two composite decking boards side by side

I described my problem in this question here How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam? This is the outcome of that project. There ended up a bit of gap in some area like 1/8" - 3/16". It'...
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I spend long time in picking lumber. What do you look for when selecting boards?

I typically spend very long time in front of the lumber aisles inspecting boards. Many times I end up not getting anything after all because I thought all boards are imperfect. I see pros spent few ...
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Ground-level Free-Standing Deck Frame (Feedback Requested)

I would like to ask for your feedback on the deck frame illustrated in the image below. It is a ground-level, free-standing deck. All your feedback is highly appreciated! Iteration 1 [Edit] ** ...
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How to mate two pressure-treated 2x6s together?

I want to mate two 2x6s pressure-treated boards (span = 8') so that I can use them as a beam for my ground-level floating deck. Should I use a construction adhesive? Anything special given that the ...
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How to connect two 2x4 to 4x4 post base?

I am looking for a way to use a 4x4 base to carry two joined 2x4s as in the picture below. The problem is that there is a 0.5 in. gap as the actual width of the two boards is 1.5+1.5 = 3 in. while ...
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Deck is moving away from house

I have a 8 x 8 deck, attached to the house since initial build. All in good condition, ledger and bolts, inspected and main boards repaired in 2014. It sits in a corner on a 4 x 4 post, again in ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...
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Deeply notched deck post also supporting a roof

This seems like a lot of lost beam for a support that is also supporting a complete roof structure. Am I being paranoid? Please help ... before the builder gets farther into this deck construction. ...
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How to install screen door on outside?

I'd like to install a screen door for accessing my deck. Currently I have French doors with one that is stationary and one that opens to the inside. Looking at the existing setup, it appears that ...
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Did I do the right thing putting small stones under my deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market (...
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How do I repair deck sloping on one side of the house?

I'm in Jonesboro, GA. My deck is about 3 ft off the ground. I have a crawl space. The deck is leaning/sloping down from the house on the left side. I looked at many youtube videos and found the ...
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Deck Joist Hanging Options

I am trying to design a replacement deck for my home. Local regulations require IRC 2015 and the area is designated SDC D2. The surface height of my deck will be ~8' 8" above grade and there is a ...
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Diagonal Bracing Requirements

I'm currently designing a deck to replace an existing deck on my home. The new deck is subject to different codes than when the original was built. The city provides a link to a design guide which I ...
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Is a rigid gazebo roof less likely to be damaged by wind than a fabric roof?

Issue Summary Had a fabric canopy topped gazebo. It was strapped to the railing and seemed very secure for 2 years. One very bad wind storm (like a parachute) it tore off the straps and flew into the ...
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Deck handrail bracket

I just had a deck built and it failed inspection, partly because of the lack of a graspbable handrail (see also my related question How do I install concrete blocks to support deck stairs?) . The ...
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Ledger for Exterior Stairs - Attach to Existing Wood or Remove and Add Ledger

I'm adding steps to the exterior of my house. I know the steps need to be attached to a ledger. However, I cannot decide what the white piece of wood that is already there: Is it a ledger without the ...
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Are these joists to code?

I am resurfacing my deck and have applied for a county permit to do the work (therefore it will be inspected). I have a protrusion at my house to support a chimney. The size of the protrusion is ...
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deck railings: alternatives to 4x4 posts?

I'm working on a deck with a lot of level changes. Using 4x4 posts for the railing is undesirable because it'll look rather clunky. I am wondering if there are any examples someone can point me to ...
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Deck Continuous Rim Joist Connection

I am planning on redoing the surface and the railing of my deck. In the process, I plan to remove the cantilevered portion past the existing beam. This will place the existing 2x10 joists resting to ...
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Do I need to use any wood protector for my deck?

I bought my house 5-6 months ago and I think they made a new deck but I don't think so they used any protector etc. Seems like they installed and didn't do anything else, during winter time water was ...
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Pergola on flat roof: Can it be done safely?

I want to put a pergola on my flat roof but am not sure if it's possible to construct one safely. My roof is a wide open flat surface built to be enjoyed as a rooftop deck with tufflex deck layer. I ...
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Is a 15 foot tall pergola not feasible?

Looking for some structural wisdom :) I have a deck that sits 6 feet off the ground, and I want to build a pergola whose "roof" (beams/slats) are 9 feet above the deck. So, from ground (grass) to ...
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How can I extend my deck posts to support a pergola?

I am looking to extend my 4x4 corner posts on a deck to build a Pergola over top of the deck. I also plan on sleeving those 4x4's with a composite sleeve for the full length from the 4x4. So the ...
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am not quite sure the correct procedure for this process. After power washing the deck, can I stain the deck immediately or should I ...
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How to attach a deck ledger board to house joists

I am replacing an existing deck that uses joists cantilevered from the homes second floor. I'm cutting off the part coming out of the house and plan to attach a ledger board. Code requires some kind ...
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Adding a pergola to an existing deck?

I have an existing deck on the back of my house, and I’d like to add a pergola. The deck is 17’ x 16’, and I’d like to build the pergola to roughly match the size and shape. The attached picture ...
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Replacing Rotted Deck Footings

Afternoon, folks. I have a deck that I am re-decking. Easy job, until I found that all of the footers were rotted out. The deck is bolted to the house on two sides, and the remainder of the deck is ...
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How to hang a “Coolaroo” shade-sail?

We'd like to hang a Coolaroo shade-sail over our elevated deck, but are uncertain, how to best attach it. Deck is adjacent to the house's second floor, but the walls have no hooks and are covered ...
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Keeping outdoor deck stair stringers from splitting

I have a set of pressure treated stairs that lead from ground level up to a wooden deck, providing access from the pool to a water slide (salt water and chlorine). I originally built these stairs ...
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How do I build a deck that is easy to take apart?

I spent the day taking apart the platform for a yurt. It was a real pain, and I want to make it easier to take apart next time. Old deck construction details: Decking was 1 1/8" tongue-and-groove ...
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Drilling rebar hole in 12" concrete footing

My deck has 6"x6" wooden support posts sitting atop 12" diameter concrete footings. The tops of the concrete footings are about 16" above grade. When I inspected a little below grade, I discovered ...
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Can I span 11 feet 7 inches with doubled 2x6 deck joists?

I have and existing deck about ten feet off the ground. The joists are all doubled up 2x6 S. Pine 11' 7" in length. There is a double 2 x 10 beam running across the middle. I need to remove this beam. ...
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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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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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Fix for sagging deck rail made of Trek

Our deck that runs along the lake has a trek railing, top and bottom railings and main posts. We installed vertical black metal balusters. It has been sagging now for awhile. We tried placing blocks ...
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How can I build deck stairs flush with the end of the deck?

I have a deck design where I want stairs coming down perpendicular to the joist starting at the end of the joist. You can see the picture as a generic not to scale drawing of what I mean. I had an ...
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Under Deck Ceiling Using Barn Steel Roofing Panels

I priced underdeck ceilings at $12/sq ft installed. That is just way more than I am willing to pay, and I am just not that fussy, so I am going to do my own under deck ceiling using barn steel ...
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How would I cut an angle greater than 45 degrees with a circular saw?

I need to cut an angle of 60 degrees on my deck joists that attach to a wall that is 60 degrees to a square deck. The only saw I have is a skil saw.
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Deck footing 2“ above the ground -does that apply to a patio? What is the reason behind the 2” restriction?

I am doing the design of a deck footing and in many places where I read it says that the footing (sonotube) should be set with the top end terminated 2" above the ground level In my case I am ...