Questions tagged [deck]

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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 ...
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Do I need joist hangers for deck frame on gravel pad? What is the nail size?

I am building 12'x14' detached deck in backyard and away from the house. Frame will be of pressure treated wood sitting on gravel pad. Essentially a rectangle build of 4x6 with one 4x6 in the middle ...
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What to do about rotten sheathing behind deck ledger

My deck and patio door were improperly flashed. I've discovered that the osb sheathing between the ledger and the rim joist is rotten. Assuming the rim joist is still sound (I've not yet confirmed ...
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Can I build a deck this low to the ground?

I want to build a deck off the back of my house. The door is near grade level, about 1' above. The grade doesn't have very large slope, so that means that the beam at the far end would be below grade: ...
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Recommendations for staining a deck that lives in the sun all year long?

I live in Colorado and have a new deck. It is hot as hell here in the summer and my deck has direct sunlight all summer. I've been looking for a type of stain that will work well in desert like ...
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How should I repair this poor deck rim joist connection?

Still working on a deck rehabilitation, and I ran into another interesting problem. When building the deck, rather than trimming the siding corner cap, some genius decided to simply build around it. ...
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Double joists separating on outside edges of deck

My deck has double joists on the east and west edges that seem to be separating. I imagine water is getting into the space between them and prying them apart. This deck is located in Minnesota. In ...
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Should I use a stripper or sander to remove paint on my deck?

I have a deck that's maybe 10 years old and the previous owners used paint instead of stain. I want to remove the paint and I already started with the Behr Premium Stain and Finish Remover, but it's ...
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What is the best way to excavate the ground for a ground-level deck?

I am building a ground level deck. We have a bilevel, so our house is on a slab at the ground floor (no basement). There is about a 15° grade away from the back door to the yard. I have all the ...
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How to attach a deck ledger board to a house with no rim joist

We are building a deck, and the whole time so far we have been planning on attaching the deck to the house via a ledger board. After stripping the siding and insulation foam board, we discovered that ...
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Should I remove the 2x4 between the joists of this deck?

I'm working on replacing the decking on an existing deck. While removing the old decking, I came across something I've not seen before. I've seen decks framed as illustrated below, where members are ...
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How to frame the side cantilever joist for deck?

As the below picture, is the rough blue print of the 12'6" x 12" deck for my new house. Following the code, all joists(blank rectangular) are 2 x 8 16" OC, the blue rectangular is the beam, and gray ...
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Extending an existing deck

I am thinking about extending my existing deck, 10 ft wide by 18 ft long and replacing the deck boards with composite decking. I would like to know how far can I extend the deck width without adding ...
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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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Can I use construction screws to pull together bowed joists?

I am building a small (14'x12') detached deck to be placed directly on the ground with some gravel under it. I am using 4x6 pressure treated boards (UC4B) for outside frame. I intend to use 6" ...
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How main bars are placed in this picture? Paralle to traffic or perpendicular [closed]

In a deck of simply span bridge of 24ft length and width of 34ft
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Can I reasonably build a pergola on top of an 8'x12' deck?

I've been having trouble coming to a conclusion on whether I can reasonably build/mount a pergola to my existing 8'x12' deck. The main issue is I can't attach it to my house because of the roof ...
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What is the proper deck footing depth in Connecticut?

I'm moving a deck footing for an existing deck, the current one is in the wrong location and it's too small. What is the proper depth in Connecticut in order to ensure that it doesn't suffer from ...
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How should I redo my patio under my deck?

I have a patio composed of large concrete pavers (roughly 2' x 6') (edit - more likely sections of poured concrete) - I would guess it is at least 10 years old if not much older. My second story deck ...
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How to keep water away from house from new concrete pad?

I am planning to build a concrete pad under my deck (8-10' clearance). I am concerned about water dripping down through my deck and collecting against my house. What tips/steps should I take to ...
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Connecting UF wiring for under deck lighting to an existing NM exterior light switch

I plan on installing LED lights under my dry-below deck using 14-2 UF Romex. Can I connect the UF wire to an existing exterior light (NM Romex) that is switched from inside the house? If not, do I ...
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Screws used for deck - how to replace?

I bought a house with large raised deck, and the home inspector told me that I need to replace all of the screws with no shear screws, and that since they used screws originally, I cannot use nails ...
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Rotted rim joist behind deck ledger board

Background Over the past week I've ripped up the old decking and railings on our 12x15 deck, and installed new railings and all but the last two boards. Noticing that there was no ledger flashing, I ...
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Double rim joists on deck

I'm replacing a deck. Its goes out 12' from the house and 24' along it. Should the outside joists be doubled? (2 boards side by side) I'm using 2x10's for the joists. 2x8's are right on the edge for a ...
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Deck Stairs on Uneven Ground -

How do you recommend putting in deck stairs on uneven ground? I have significant slope in both directions - 8 inches sideways across a step and 3.5 inches down the steps. See attached drawing showing ...
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Is it a bad idea to paint the underside of a deck?

What happens when you paint underside of deck? I have been advised not to do that. Can anyone give a good answer?
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Awning materials for deck under dirty trees

Our second-story deck is underneath some weeping Cherry trees and Birch trees, which drop cherries, pollen, twigs and junk 3/4 of the year it seems. I want to put an awning over the deck (there is ...
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Preparing a deck for staining

I have an old deck that was stained 3 years ago. Some of the stains have come off and the deck does not really look good (living in Canada with too much snow and temperature changes, I don't blame it!...
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How can I attach angled beams to a post?

I'm designing a deck with 3-2x10 beams supported by 6x6 posts. I know when the beams go straight across the posts I can use any number of brackets designed for that purpose, like Simpson AC4 (or AC6, ...
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How to attach deck when ledger board will be too low?

I'm building a (low) deck, and the siding is brick. I don't think attaching ledger board to brick siding is a good idea, it's not structural, even if I drill all the way through the brick, air gap and ...