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Sand deck or do not sand deck

I just power washed my deck because I need to restain. In some places there is no stain and in some places the stain is still on. The power washing did an excellent job removing dirt. I have read ...
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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

I recently cleaned my deck using Behr deck cleaner and want to re-stain it before the winter. Do you recommend sanding the entire deck, or just the affected areas where the stain has come off? I was ...
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Is deckover or a simple stain more appropriate for this deck

I spent a couple of days sanding this deck and aside from a few boards that need to be partially replaced it is in good condition. I also plan to fill in a few holes with wood putty. But I'm ...
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Creating slope for corrugated shade roof on deck

A few years ago I built a deck on the back of the house. No roof was installed but 2 x 6 supports were installed horizontally from the house to the far side of the deck. Now I want to put some shade ...
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Should I use pilot holes to reduce chances of splitting the post?

The height of 3 of 6 of the 4x4 posts I need to make on a deck are only 3.5" high. These would be on top of concrete piers and then (2) 2x8 beams on top of that and then joists on the beams. Its just ...
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Attach Ledger to Rim Joist with peace of mind

Assuming I use a ledger board (vs freestanding...ehem) I will be attaching a ledger to my rim-joist which is an engineered heavy 1" thick OSB material. I know it's structurally sound, but, I have my ...
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Best wood to mill for building a deck

I want to build a large deck in the south (TN specifically). I have a friend with a large forested property and a mill who will allow me access to affordable wood, should I mill it myself. I ...
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How can I repair decking and a joist damaged by a small fire?

Whoops. My deck caught fire and now I need to replace the burnt parts. From what I can tell, I need to pry up the deck boards to access the burnt joist. Then replace the decking that was damaged on ...
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Is it ok to have two separate ledger boards

I'm replacing the 10' x 8' attached deck on my house with a 16' x 16' attached deck. What I'm wondering is if it would be ok if the ledger board from the old deck could be reused and then another ...
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Can I notch roof posts to install deck beams?

I had a larger roof built over my old deck. New 6x6's were used to support the new roof. They set on cement filled 8" tubes set 40 to 46 inches into the ground. I have been told I have to use 2x8 ...
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Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?

I have an old cedar deck, and most of the decking and vertical support posts are rotted out. I'd like to rebuild the deck as-is, just replacing the rotting pieces. The current design is as follows: ...
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How soon can we stain a freshly-sanded deck after it got drenched in the rain?

My family and I are refinishing our deck. We live in area with wild weather so, even though it called for a week of sun, immediately after finishing sanding our deck (to a very beautiful underneath) ...
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Understanding deck spans for beams.

I've been looking at various span charts for decks and I'm still not quite sure how to calculate it all when you take into account not just the joists, but the beams and posts as well. What we ...
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I am repairing a wood deck and what to know why you would use cleats instead of wood screws?

I am repairing my wooden deck and I read that someone was using cleats and nails instead of steel wood screws. What is difference and how do I know what will work for me?
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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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How many and how heavy of container plants can a rooftop deck handle?

We have recently had a rooftop deck constructed on the third floor of our MN home, and since we have virtually no yard, are considering using some of the space to "go green," while still leaving ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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Trying to understand deck plans for pergola post

The deck plans I want to use has a pergola on the deck. It appears to use the same 6x6 post for both the deck and the pergola as can be seen in the rendering included with the plans: I can't figure ...
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How do I add a 16'X16' Pergola to an existing floating deck?

I just completed building a floating deck. It is shaped like a trapezoid, due to the angle of my driveway. The deck is 22.25' on the longest side. The opposite, parallel side is 17.5' long. The ...
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Composite deck stair overhang vs. flush

I am installing composite decking stair and I found there are two ways to do it: One inch overhang: Flush and show fascia edges: What are the pros and cons of each method? I tend to go with the ...
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Options for correcting improper deck beam to post attachments

We purchased a house with a large deck where the post to beam connections look exactly like the prohibited configuration shown here: The 6 x 6 posts are all attached to concrete footings using the ...
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Duplicate/extend outdoor GFCI outlet with above ground PVC conduit?

So I am in the final stages of a deck rebuild, and at the last minute thought about a slight change. To the right of this photo you can see an power outlet on the wall, currently has a yellow ...
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Wooden deck butting up to retaining wall not square

My husband built a deck from our house out toward our retaining wall. The wall is not square with the house. We are on a budget and want to make this aesthetically pleasing now, and will redo the ...
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Use Textured Strand Lap Siding or concrete board to attach outside deck trim

I want to "cover" the outside of the deck trim because the look of treated wood isn't good. But if I use deck material (composite) to run around, it's going to be expensive. I am planning to just use ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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Is this base idea sufficient for a ground level, not attached to the house wooden patio?

I have a rough plan for a ground level deck. The deck will not be attached to anything though it will sit under and extend a bit from a free standing pergola. My plan is to bury most of a cinder ...
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How to protect outdoor transformer plugging into in-use outlet?

I have an outdoor DC transformer for lighting system that must connect to an outdoor outlet. It's not hardwired. So if I plug this transformer to an in-use outlet permanently, how do I ensure that ...
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Is it OK to mount outdoor electrical outlet box to deck trim board?

I see most places have outdoor outlet either standing by itself (via post or something hard) or mounted to wall. If I run my wiring under the deck and when it comes out, can I mount it on the side of ...
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Run new electrical wiring in backyard from existing wall outlet

I am planning to run a new electrical wiring in my backyard and start from where the current outlet is at the wall (behind my kitchen): It's right above the deck and here is the picture under the ...
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Where is the ledger supposed to attach to the rim joist?

If you look at the pic there's a gap right under the door way, about 5 inches deep and high. The rim joist of the house is halfway behind the brick and the other half is exposed right under the door. ...
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Am I required to use footings when building a deck or can I just have the posts resting on the ground? (Wisconsin)

I want to build a deck for my house but I don't really want to dig holes and pour concrete for the footings. Can I just build the deck on ground level using something like this to support the posts? ...
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How to build deck posts into clay soil

I am a novice diyer and I am attempting building a ground level deck in my back garden. I have seen so many different ways to dig and fill the hole it's left me more confused than when I started. What ...
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How can I construct a lightweight privacy panel 3-4ft high by 8ft long or thereabout?

I have a two-story deck with the upper part on the roof, and I lay on top to sunbathe. The top was surrounded by a fence, but after installing solar panels close to the deck I removed a large part of ...
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Cracks in deck supports [closed]

I have a deck supported by 6x6s. Two of which seem to be developing some sizable cracks. Should I be concerned? Can I repair / reinforce the posts?
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Which floor sander do I need to tidy a room and to strip paint off a deck?

I'd like to sand the hardwood in a bedroom and a somewhat weathered deck. The bedroom is mostly in good condition, but in a couple of spots the wood is worn from traffic and furniture. I could forego ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Stain a half stained deck

I now own a deck where the previous owner (for some reason) stained half of it a year or two ago (they did mostly the inside). I'm lucky to have the same product that was previously used. If I stain ...
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Do I get away with the wrong screws and holes on a deck if the paint will cover both?

Before sanding and then painting a deck, I've turned the screws a little inside so they will not rip the sandpaper. Before I ask my questions, let me just mention that I've found it easier to unscrew ...
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What would happen if I covered my deck in pavers?

I have a deck. A very strong deck. Instead of sealing it every year, could I cover it in pavers instead? The wood is treated, and the deck is raised so it would drain. Also, the pavers would protect ...
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Different joist spacing of extended deck

I have an old deck with 16" joist spacing but that was because they used 2x8 joists and span 9 ft with 3 ft overhang. I am planning to extend the deck but won't go further than 9 ft. So with short ...
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Ground preparation for deck pier block

I am planning to extend my deck, which uses pier blocks as below photo I cannot tell what's underneath this pier block because it was just dirt. There was no pour concrete for certain. So my ...
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Cosmetic fix for installing decking board when not parallel to house?

I am expanding the deck that goes very far (35 x 48 feet ~ 1000 sqft). So I am pretty sure the further end will not perfectly parallel to the house. It could be 1-2 inch off from one end to the other ...
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What to use as a spacer where deck joists overlap?

I have a long deck that must do sister joists on top of a beam. I was reading this thread Is deck joist sistering a sloppy repair? and look like it's better to use spacer in between. Is it OK to use ...
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Metal bracket to hang stringer below joist?

I need to hang a stringer (basically another 2x8) right below my deck joist 2x8. Look like this photo Can you tell me what kind of hanger / bracket is it in the red circle? The article is from here ...
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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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Cutting joist for skewed joist hanger

Do I need to cut the joist lumber's end at an angle so that it sits flushed to the beam when installing skewed joist hanger? The below video tells me that it's not necessary. https://www.youtube.com/...
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Nails for deck framing

I was told (as well as read online) that I should use 16d nails for deck framing. However I have been using nails labeled "Grip-Rite 5-lb 16D 3.5-in Hot-Dipped Galvanized Smooth Box Nails" in the ...
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Correct grit and sander for sanding a cedar railing?

We have a cedar railing around a deck. The railing needs to be sanded prior to applying a water sealer. Two questions: What is the best grit of sandpaper to use? I read that using too fine of a grit ...
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Will my wood platform support my generator?

I built a wood platform out of pressure treated lumber 6ft X 4ft 2x6 with beams every 16 inches and 2x6 deck. It is bolted into the house 2x10 on the 6 ft rear wall and carriage bolted to an existing ...
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I need a concrete footing to be 5 feet tall. What circumference and reinforcement do I need?

I am building a deck which will be 24 feet off the ground. In order to use shorter posts can I build footings that will be approx. 5 feet tall from the soil line? If so, how wide around (...