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Can I add decking without a frame? [closed]

I have a span of 3+m and I want to create a decking. People suggest 2x8 can span 2m? I'm assuming they mean as vertical joists? What thickness of lumber to actually be load bearing across 2m laid flat?...
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Metal railing mounted on composite decking and composite joists

Is there a way to provide additional support to a metal railing mounted to a composite deck board? The long run of top railing sways a lot and will easily take off the screws in some time. The height ...
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Replacing two skylights from an array of five, flat-adjacent roof

the two skylight have been leaking for quite a while which can be attributed to a poor job by me, improper layering, and mistakes in Forti Flash installation. It is 12 years old; it is a rolled roof ...
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Decking height - planning permission needed UK?

We will be having decking built on top of an existing raised patio immediately adjacent to the back of our house. UK Planning laws state that planning permission must be sought if the decking is 30cm ...
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Is running a porch column all the way to ground footer instead of using posts underneath a bad idea?

My current porch is like this The columns are rotting and the deck was poorly built, posts aren't directly under columns and most are just on dirt. I intend on doing a rebuild. With the columns I was ...
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Painting Trex composite deck board

I just got done re-painting my porch. In the process, I noticed that one of the wooden deck boards was rotten, so I pulled it off, and now I have to replace it. I happen to have some extra Trex boards ...
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Just found out my vinyl decking has a leak. How to protect over the wet winter? [duplicate]

We just bought a home and as we were in a drought during our inspection and didn't notice any water ingress, we didn’t know that the vinyl coating cracks that were visible had started a leak into my ...
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Is my wooden deck salvageable? Repair tips and Stain vs Paint questions

Here is my deck condition. Couple questions: What do I need to do to prep a deck in this condition? Was planning on washing with oxi clean and dish soap and orbital sanding. I'm guessing some wood ...
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How to fill this hole between balcony deck and brick wall?

What materials do I need to fill this hole on my 2nd floor balcony? It's deeper than it looks. There's nothing for bondo or caulk to adhere to do not sure how to create a backing.
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What’s the best way to attached these 2x4’s at right angles to the balusters on this deck project?

Menard’s handy deck building app recommended this design, but it has 2x4’s connecting at right angles to the balusters. All I can think to do to attach them is toenailing with screws or nails, but ...
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Best Method for Fastening 4x4 Posts to Deck for Pergola Construction?

I'm planning to build a pergola on my existing deck and am looking for advice on how to securely fasten 4x4 posts to the deck. The deck is approximately 2 feet off the ground and is supported by ...
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Help identifying composite decking

We purchased a home with composite decking. Some of it needs to be replaced. I've gone through the big box stores and dug around online, but can't figure out what it is we have. Hoping some wisdom ...
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Floating deck substructure—which is the better approach?

I'm planning a 16x19' ground-level floating deck, using deck blocks (they work well in my area). A big box store gave me a rough deck plan and materials which I've laid out (option 1), but I've seen a ...
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Need to replace deck post, flush with home foundation

I'm planning to replace a number of deck posts. Currently, my deck posts all go straight into the ground. For the posts I replace, I want to pour concrete footings. However, one of the posts is right ...
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Need to replace siding after deck removal, rim joist is exposed

Ripped out a deck to install a patio. The deck was attached directly to the rim joist(idk?) And now it's exposed. Do I need to put anything over it or can I simply install a replacement piece of ...
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How to cover exposed OSB flooring

I built a playhouse for my daughters a few years ago and it has a porch that is just part of the flooring (OSB housing floor) - I had painted the floor and that seemed ok for a while but now it's ...
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4x4 post with sleeve but no cap and it rained

On my new composite deck the 4x4 posts have sleeves and the railing is already installed but I have no put caps on the posts yet. It rained very hard. Should I wait to cap them now? Should I do ...
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How can I replace a pergola ledger that's right under-roof?

I was thinking about replacing my older deck/pergola. I’m planning to do a similar build of the existing deck and feel somewhat confident with the framing and posts. However, I could use some guidance ...
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How To Extend A Deck [closed]

I have a elevated deck (~8ft) attached to the back of my home, and I would like to add about 5 feet to it. What is the proper way to add this extension? I want to extend further away from the home. ...
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Rationale for synthetic deck planks on wooden frame?

I'm entertaining the idea of going with a synthetic deck as I'm a bit tired of the stain/paint/rot cycle of wood. I was a bit surprised to learn that most manufacturers are recommending that you ...
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What is best way to attach deck balusters? [closed]

I am going to build a railing around my wall. One of my friend hired a contractor who installed balusters between two 2x4s. But now those spindles coming out. They first drilled a hole of 3/4” in ...
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What's the best way to protect rough exterior wooden structures?

I built a rough wood frame out of 2x3s for some solar panels. It's fully exposed to the weather. I would like to paint it with something to protect it, but I'm not sure what the best option is. For ...
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45 degree beveled deck board ends butt joint at same joist

I have a large deck with runs 45' and longer where I'm replacing all the deck boards using premium SYP (infrastructure of deck is in great shape, so just replacing deck boards). The project is going ...
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Best stain for a deck made of pressure treated wood

We recently got our deck redone with new planks of pressure-treated wood. We were advised by the contractor to give the planks 6 months before staining. It's time now. We live in central Indiana. The ...
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Composite Deck Pooling Water

I recently bought a home with a composite deck staircase and landing. Today I noticed that the landing pools water and the spacing between the boards seems to be extremely tight. Is there a reasonable ...
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Recommended footings for deck built on rock with 5-10% grade?

I'm looking to install a 30' decking platform (for a yurt), 3' above grade, on a plot of land I own. The site has a mild grade (5-10%), made up of metasedimentary rock, with ~1" of organic matter ...
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Best way to salvage 4x4s from old deck

I tore up my old deck to do some drainage work and now I'm ready to build a new deck in the old footprint. I couldn't remove the screws from the deck planks because they were buried way down in the ...
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attic flooring above garage

I'm planning to have simple storage on the attic above the garage. The size of beam I measured is 2x6 and around 11 inches apart. I will only work on the 2/3 of space to avoid the area with wires. I'm ...
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I am building a deck using 2x12 for the frame now can I use 2x10 for the joists and still be able to pass inspection [closed]

Using 2 different size boards for your frame and joists
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10’ steel H beam cantilever

Im trying to create a deck off my sunroom that will be at the pools edge. The deck will be 27’ L x 10’ W (from the sunroom glass doors) and the deck will be a height of 10’. Trying to calculate the ...
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Smooth or threaded shank for deck boards under subfloor

For building a treehouse, I'm putting 5/4 thick decking boards across the joists to make the floor (Home Depot #1001754835). My default would be to use deck screws that have a smooth shank that's long ...
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What type of wood is pressure treated deck lumber made from?

I've been redoing the decking floor and buying 5/4 x 6" premium pressure-treated boards from the local big box stores (HD or Lowes). It's not of great concern but I'm interested in what type of ...
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How to build a decking in a corner that’s 75 degrees

I am looking to build a decking in the corner of my garden. In the corner it’s about 75/80 degrees so not a true right angle. All the examples I’ve seen online talk about building the base as a square ...
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Can a square deck be cantilevered on all 4 sides?

All the code books and specs I can find in terms of allowable cantilever distance is always shown from one edge only that is also the end that is furthest extended from the house. Perhaps all the code ...
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How to secure first and last decking boards with (composite with overlap)

I've built a small deck with composite boards and have designed it to have an overlap with cut-offs of the boards (see below for example). My question is, how can I secure the top piece down without ...
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How to protect 2x4 deck framing from ground moisture?

I am building a deck on a concrete patio. The patio already does have a roof. It won’t get too wet during a rain and we don’t get much rain during the summer (Northern California). I plan to do the ...
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Bridging one deck joist over a formal pond

I have built a small formal pond out of concrete block. I have also constructed a deck frame which part crosses the formal pond. Visually, I intended for it to appear that the water disappeared away ...
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How to efficiently use my decking boards (and look nice)?

I am planning on building a deck with composite boards. The plan is to have a 3x2m platform, however the decking boards I like come in lengths of 3.6m only. I am wondering how I can best use boards to ...
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How to build a shed ramp and account for ground heaving

I live in the Baltimore Maryland area and have recently built a shed on a shed pad that is about 8 inches of 57 stone to promote drainage. I built the shed floor joists using 2x6 pressure treated wood ...
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How to correctly paint deck?

Live in Michigan. Have a large deck needed to be re-painted black. Last year I painted it and it is already peeling everywhere. Starting from step 1- prep- to last step - sealing - how do I do this ...
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When abutting Ipe decking inline is it best to meet it at 90 deg or perform a 45 deg scarf cut?

I'm using Ipe with mounting clips. When abutting two pieces is it best to scarf 45° or just abut it at 90°?
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Composite post sleeves deteriorating

I have several 4x4 deck railing posts wrapped in composite sleeves. Some of the sleeves are rotting or deteriorating and I’m looking for solutions. I have considered replacing them but the colors of ...
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Maximum Span of Deck Joists [closed]

According to the following, a deck using 2x10" joists, spaced 12" apart, can have a span (distance from attachment to house to row of footings) of 16'. https://www.decks.com/how-to/articles/...
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Deck rail position

Building a deck for a treehouse project. Installed deck posts inside rim joists with blocking. Question: is it better to install the 2x4 top/bottom rails on the inside or the outside of the deck posts?...
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Replacing a 4x8 deck beam

I am replacing a wooden deck with wrought iron posts and railings. The current beams are 4x8x8, but the wrought iron rails are welded in too close to the beam top for me to remove the beams without ...
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can I do this to support a hot tub on a deck

I have a hot tub that measures 7x7 and weight is around 4400 pounds with 5 hefty people in it. I am in the process of building a new 16x40 deck and my wife wants the hot tub on it, the finished deck ...
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Do I have to meet current code when replacing deck railing posts?

I replaced the pressure-treated lumber on my 1990 built deck and it matched what was there. The 4x4 rail post spacing width is 7 feet apart. I noticed recently that rail post spacing ...
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What kind of fastener is this and how do I remove it?

(See images.) I'm trying to temporarily remove this plank of the deck to access the space beneath. The plank is being held in place by a type of fastener I'm not familiar with. Do you know what ...
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How much can I plane/cut off of a deck joist / rim joist

I'm renovating a deck. Installing waterproof spline which goes between deck boards. Solution will have center boards in deck with gutters underneath and gutters around the deck. Install guide says to ...
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Can I span 36” with SYP 2x4 laying flat as roof decking

I’m redoing my garage roof, which has a 12” slope over 14’. I have left over SYP 2x4’s and some microlam beams, but only enough to set at 36” OC. Can I span 36” with 2x4 SYP as my decking instead of ...
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