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What kind of latch mechanism should I use for this movable ceiling under my deck?

I have a nice deck, installed by a contractor years ago. We wanted to use the space under the deck as a covered patio area, so I built a drop-ceiling under the deck. It's made of overlapping panels of ...
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In San Francisco, I’m building stairs with a top landing. How big should the landing be?

In San Francisco, We’re planning to build exterior back stairs from the second floor going to ground floor (about 61” elevation which is about 7-8 steps). With a 32” door opening outward toward the ...
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Lightweight lumber or lumber alternative for building a 6'x7' portable privacy screen?

I'm planning to build a privacy screen to be attached between two posts of the pvc railing of a composite deck. I want the attachment to be temporary so that it can be removed and stored during winter ...
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What will happen if I try to apply paint/stain to damp wood?

I'm 1000 miles away from home working on a deck for a family member who recently suffered a stroke. He's recovering, but for the time being he's very unsteady on his feet. The deck in question had a ...
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Installing an adjustable deck post support-what is the correct way to install the support?

I am trying to install these in freshly poured concrete (sonotubes) What is the correct way to install the support and what are the pros and cons for each one of them The other option is this. I like ...
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Stainless steel sleeves to hold wire rope?

My original idea for the fence was to use eyebolts and rivnuts to close the wire, similar to the drawing below: But then I saw a Stainless steel sleeve like the one below. I know it's used to protect ...
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2nd story, walk under, completely brick deck [closed]

Is it possible to have a 2nd story deck, fully made out of bricks (IE supports are made of brick, you walk/sit on top of bricks), that you can walk underneath and store stuff underneath? I can't ...
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Connecting band/rim joist to floor joists on a cantilevered deck

I'm building a deck. Joists are sitting on top of the beam and cantilever over the end of the beam a bit. What is the appropriate way to connect the rim (end of the deck that is perpendicular to ...
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How to fix sagging composite deck railing

I have a composite deck (Fiberon boards with a Trex Designer railing system). The guy that built the deck didn't install any of the crush/foot blocks and now the railings are sagging. He's no longer ...
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Protect Old Deck Posts In Soil

I have a deck about 16x16' and about 4' high. It has 3 8x8" posts cemented into the ground. I am guessing they have been there since the house was built in 1990. The posts are cemented in 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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What type of fasteners should I use when replacing exterior deck boards?

I have a wooden walkway that leads from my deck down to my pool. Some of the boards are rotten and I want to replace them. Is this a project for a Nail Gun (which is how everything is currently put ...
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Irregular/Atypical Deck Joist Spacing

I'm planning a replacement for my deck and ran into a question that I cannot find an answer to anywhere. Why does everyone place deck joists at either 16" or 24" OC (or sometimes 12"), but not 18" or ...
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How do I rid moisture under my deck that's causing rotting of boards? [closed]

I've read not to put plastic under a deck. What can I do?
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How do I sand stamps off of lumber?

I just finished building a deck. The boards have stamps 1–2 ft from each end, and I could not bring my self to be as wasteful as to always cut them off. I tried to place the boards with the stamp ...
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Do I need to sand my new pressure-treated deck before staining it?

I just got a deck built and pre treated wood was used. Do I need to sand it before I stain it? I live in San Antonio, Texas
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Slope of decking and foundation

I'm having decking installed and the boards currently slope towards the house. The underneath of the decking is soil and there is no gutter alongside the house to funnel the water to the drain. Is ...
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staining the lumber

I have some old decking boards which I'm planning to sand and re-use for new deck. It it not pressure-treated wood, and it has never been stained or painted etc. So I would like somehow to prevent ...
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Temporarily pull up vinyl deck plank

I have a vinyl deck and need to temporarily pull up the plank adjacent to the exterior wall and put it back afterwards. Is this easy or hard to do and, if it's possible, how do I do it?
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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

I am going to tear down an existing deck (which is rotting out) and want to block off usage of existing French doors that currently lead to the deck. I’ll attach photos below. I am going to build a ...
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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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screws, bolts or nails for ground level deck framing

Following up framing for ground level deck I'm putting 2x8 for framing of the ground-level deck, it is a floating deck, i.e. not attached to the house. So, 2x8 joists will be sitting around perimeter ...
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how to treat regular lumber for outdoor use

What are the solutions to stain lumber for outdoor use, except buying pressure-treated wood? What I want to do is take the old lumber, which is still in good shape, but turned gray because of the ...
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framing for ground level deck

I'm planning to build a ground level deck, approximately 8ft x 10ft long. I'm going to use deck concrete blocks for footing, e.g. : I want to place 4 of those in the corners and probably two-three in ...
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Why are the deck footing blocks set away from the house several inches in this video?

I watched this video (building a free-standing porch) and wondered what is the reason that the back concrete blocks are not tight to the house wall. Basically he places them away from the house by a ...
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When do splitting deck supports become a problem?

Preface - this house is located in China, where permits and contractor certifications are not a thing, and there is basically no legal remedy for compensation over shoddy work. Last year we had this ...
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I am painting my deck with metacrylics paint do I need to clean between coats of paint

I am painting my deck it is a sealed metacrylics walking deck. I cleaned with tsp and put down the primer coat. I applied the first color coat. Do I need to clean again with tsp before I put on the ...
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Is deck flooring an OK alternative to a concrete slab for a sport court?

I'm thinking of building a sports court for mostly inline hockey. Similar to this one. I have a land with grass and was wondering if there is another way to create a base, foundation under the floor ...
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After staining a deck how long until rain is no longer a concern?

I want to stain my deck with an oil based stain it is to be hot and sunny all day today 85 for a high and has been dry for last 3 days tomorrow's forecast say 70% chance of rain should I do this or ...
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Free-standing deck joist layout

I'm trying to plan out a free-standing deck in an irregular-shaped garden. It currently has railway sleepers marking a garden bed around the west, north and east edges and the missus would like to ...
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Will 2x10 13'6" span support outdoor bbq?

I am building a deck and will have 2x10 joists. I want to put a BBQ that unfortunately will run parallel with the joists, so the last two joists will support the full weight of the BBQ distributed ...
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Should I bleach my deck or just power wash it?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am confused with most of you saying Bleach it, one says NO WAY! My deck was built in 1987 as pressure treated lumber 2" thick vs. ...
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What length of posts do I need to get a deck 5 feet above ground level?

I've read that deck posts have to 4ft underground to get past the frost line. With a 6' x6 [ed: not sure if this mean to refer to 6x6" or something else?] which means you only have 2ft above ground. ...
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How can I protect partially buried deck posts from decay?

I poured concrete footings for my deck. I put the galvanized post base and the 4x4 post on it. Now I need to raise the ground/dirt level as water puddles there. But if I raise the ground it will cover ...
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DIY cable railing corner post configuration?

Using Steeltek pipe fittings to create a corner railing over a half lower level. My plan was to have the uprights and top & bottom rails made from the galvanized pipe & fittings and use cable ...
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How to ensure all deck posts are sharing the load

I'm in the process of levelling my deck. Top down diagram below, showing decking perimeter (black), beams (blue) and posts/footings (red). Because of the irregular shape posts 1 and 3 are only 20" ...
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Deck post cut too short - possible solutions?

I have a new deck going in the back of my house, about 6' off the ground. Made a HUGE mistake and made cuts on the posts 4.5" too short. Short of removing the posts and concrete, digging new holes and ...
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How do I introduce slope on a rooftop deck?

I recently purchased a 1937 house with two decks on the upper floor. One of the decks has a draining issue. While hosing it off, I noticed that a small puddle accumulates near the middle of the deck. ...
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How to install Trex decking board as top rail?

I like to install the Trex decking boards on top railing like this The goal is not showing screws on top. So I must screw in from the bottom through the top Universal Rail. But what is the "...
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How Should I Block a Diagonal Deck?

My deck has a diagonal decking. To attach the decking to the ledger side of the deck, 2x4 blocks were screwed directly to the ledger. I'm trying to improve water flow from the ledger. I'd like to move ...
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How do I support a deck-style floor in crawlspace?

This question is kind of a follow-up to the one asked here: how-should-i-add-flooring-in-my-crawl-space. My crawlspace is exactly as the one described. Basically my house is on a slope and have 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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Paint or Stain a repaired deck

I need help deciding to paint or stain my deck. About a year ago, a tree fell on my deck and half of it had to be rebuilt. The deck builder suggested letting the wood weather for a bit before ...
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How do I protect people walking around my deck from banging their head on this overhanging platform?

Below is the picture showing the platform that I am talking about The plan is to have the barbeque under that so that aspect is taken care of. Probably a plant toward the house end of that underneath ...
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Building a deck: can you shift the load points?

The reasons for the below design are: -I want to place the stairs adjacent to the wall -I want to use the deck posts as rail posts as well -this is replacing an old deck and I do not want to dig new ...
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For deck stairs adjacent & parallel to the house wall do I need handrails on both sides?

For deck stairs adjacent and parallel to the house wall, do I need handrails on both sides?
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Is it OK to seal the top side of a deck concrete footing?

This is a follow up for this question Deck footing 2" above the ground -does that apply to a patio? What is the reason behind the 2" restriction? I decided to have my concrete footing under ...
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Do I need hidden decking fasteners on both sides of a joist?

I am thinking about using the below fasteners with wood planks. Do I need them on both sides of the joist? Update: Deck framing layout below (height is 46") House located at the south east corner of ...
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Is the powerwashing the subcontractor did on our deck “good enough?”

Our family is trying to repair our deck. Prior to any sort of staining, of course, it was necessary to clean it of first. Afterall, the entirety of the structure was gray, and now it actually looks ...
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Removing excess Decking Oil

I have oiled my decking for the 1st time yesterday and on checking it today there are patches where I have applied too much and these patches are shiny and sticky. Whats the best approach for removing ...