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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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Existing joists span max 17.5in OC - Trex composite says max 16" allowed

Does anyone have experience with pushing the limits of joist span for composite decking? My joists are generally 16" OC but a few gaps are up to 17.5" max (one has a short section at 18"...
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How can I reliably crimp aluminum ferrules without a specialized tool?

Is there another way to crimp aluminum sleeves without having to buy a $40+ crimping tool that I will only use for this one project? Or at least is there a crimping tool that has another use? I don'...
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How can I protect my foundation when removing old retaining walls and regrading?

I have this old and crumbling tiered stone wall in the back of my property. My deck sits on top the wall. There is a covered porch next to the deck, that’s built on top of block walls (not part of the ...
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Building Ipe deck... How to butt joints with 45° Joists?

So, as the question states... What is the "right" way to do this? Purple are the joists. Orange are the edges of the board. Red is the butt joint. Cyan are the screws - mainly doing edge ...
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Remove stubborn deck nails

I pried off some deckboards and the nails stayed in the joists. I want to replace the boards, so I need to remove the nails (yes, I could cut them, but I'm curious how to remove them :) ). Using the ...
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Hardwood Deck Board Acclimation

So, I'm installing a deck. Just bought the decking, which should be here in 2-3 weeks. (A mix of Ipe and Cimaru) I've seen mixed answers on the "right way" to acclimate it. Is "in the ...
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Should I replace my entire shed decking or just the rotted spots?

Redoing a shed roof, it's decked with 50 year old or so plywood, tore the shingles off, bottom 3 feet or so of the ply is bad, thinking of just replacing the bottom 4 feet of ply since ply is so ...
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U brace/bracket to hold vertical 2x4 over wood floor?

Is there some type of 2x4 brace or bracket that will hold down a “standing” 2x4 on a wood floor? Here’s a very rudimentary drawing, and the brace Im looking for is in red in the corner. I know I can ...
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Bring composite deck back to life

Is there a way to enhance the look of a composite deck ? This deck was built 5 years ago and looks little worn out. To make matters worse there were some paint droplets on the deck and i used a metal ...
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Loading on 5/4 treated pine decking

I recently built a deck, and we are looking to make a privacy wall using pencil hollies. As I was making sure weep holes weren’t sitting on joists, it occurred to me that the way that these planter ...
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angled bracket to attach a beam to a post?

I am in the planning stages to build a deck around an oval pool. I have angles like the picture shows below (probably 30 degrees).. Is there a bracket i can use instead of the connection shown? NY ...
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Treehouse Construction

I want to run a treehouse design idea by you all. I'm building a treehouse around a tree (not drilling into tree). Beam is 20 feet by 10 feet. I have six, 6x6s, on concrete footings. I'm struggling ...
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How would I add tile to a raised deck?

Does anyone have experience with the products designed for laying tile on top of a wood framed deck? (e.g. Slica Systems) It seems to me that over time even slight warping or shrinkage of the wood ...
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How can I correct the rusting as seen here on deck railing?

I have a couple of questions. I have gotten tradepersons to install new deck railing back in Dec 2018. So it is about 2.5 years old. However I can already see some rust sipping out to the surface. One ...
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What Type of Caulking will adhere to Composite Decking for water proofing?

I need a sealer Caulk to fill a approx. 3/8" gap between my Composite Decking boards to waterproof and prevent water from dripping between the boards and going on to a deck below. I want the rain ...
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Covered porch drainage?

Currently, the porch uses tongue and groove boards that are painted. I think they might be original to the house. Whenever it rains hard, water will get on the porch. The water sits there in puddles. ...
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What factors go into choosing between 3-sided and 4-sided capping for composite deck boards?

I have been researching composite/PVC deck boards and the issue of how many sides are capped seems to not get enough attention, at least in the technical sense. What should I think about with regard ...
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What effect does the type of decking used have on the stiffness of the structure?

This is an extension to a previous question. I would like to know what effect the type of decking used will have on the answers provided. This question comes from the fact that although the best ...
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Proper Method of Beam to Colum for two story column?

It's been many years since I built a deck, and never a two story one. Existing deck getting replaced, it's a two story, with the pitch of the house roof (1) extending a few inches past the face of the ...
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Waterproofing flat balcony over a shed

I have a kid's club house built over a shed part of it exposed as a balcony with flat floor no roof over it . The old floor was an OSB flooring badly damaged with water, so I replaced it with a new ...
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How to remove screws from old decking

I have some decking in my back garden and some of the planks need replacing. However, the screws are difficult to remove. Some have rusted/weakened sufficiently so that I've managed to remove the ...
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What's the easiest way to fix these deck joists?

Today I found some deck joists are either cracked or completely out of shape. I was wondering do I have to remove all the boards to replace these joists? There are two joists that seem to be really ...
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Do I need to rip 1/4 of an inch off of my 2x8s to build box steps

I'm building box steps to go between the upper and lower portion of my deck. The total height difference from surface to surface is 24 inches. I'm planning to build the box out of 2x8s and use decking ...
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My 3 inch by 9 grade 316 stainless steel deck screws are breaking

These are self-tapping screws, meaning that I don't have to drill a pilot hole, but I have broken 3 of them already and I think a pilot hole would help, or maybe a stronger screw. It seems to break if ...
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What makes good deck footing substrate on clay soil?

We are building a raised deck on clay type soil. The deck will surround the entirety of the house with the intention it will still be standing 20-30 years. The deck will be raised about 5 ft to meet ...
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Rot or mold on the underside of deck

Anyone know what this stuff is? Had boards similar looking to these on our deck two months back, ripped the bad boards out, but the neighboring boards acquired the same ailment since then. Ripped ...
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Moisture collecting underneath condo terrace deck boards

A little history - We bought this condo unit last year and just noticed that the paint the previous owner used on the deck boards were bubbling and peeling. We inquired with the condo management to ...
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Can an improperly attached ledger board be flashed correctly without removing the existing ledger? [closed]

I have a existing improperly installed deck attached to the house which I am retrofitting. I already have a permit approved but not sure how to flash the existing ledger board without removing the ...
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How to add deck gate with offset 4x4's?

I'm looking to add a gate at the top of deck stairs, where the gate swings inward and the hinges are towards the yard side of deck. There are two issues. The 4x4 posts are offset What would be the ...
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What's the proper way to add spacers between deck beam and joists

I have a 20 year old deck. One of the foundation posts (4x4) has sunken about an inch. The 4x4 post goes into the ground where it is affixed in concrete. The 4x4 post is notched at the top and two ...
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Should outdoor rug be used on wood decks?

I have wood deck. It get's periodically treated. The last treatment was 3-4 years ago. Was wondering if it's alright to put an outdoor rug (8x10 ft.) on it? Will be placing chair and outdoor gas ...
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Should I use natural decking oil on a dark wooden deck?

I have some decking with a fairly dark looking wood (please see photo), although it hasn't been cleaned yet so may be lighter than it appears. I need to clean and oil this deck and I already have ...
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Wood beams for pallet rack wire decking

What size, type, and grade of lumber would I need to use as joists to support wire decking used for pallet racks over an 11-foot overhead span? 42D" x 46W" wire decks supporting up to 2,500 lbs. are ...
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Decking - Shorter Sister Joists for Abutted Boards?

I have an existing deck that I am refurbishing. The deck is only 18" off the ground. The existing joists are in good shape. I would like to use shorter deck boards with abutted ends due to the ...
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Before Staining... Do I need to sand my deck first? Or just chemical wash/pressure washer?

We've been living in our new place for a few months now and now that we are more settled... I want to stay on top of maintaining the outdoor deck. But, I am unsure what's the material used for the ...
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Covering Trex Enhance Board Ends

I am installing Trex Enhance decking and would like to know how to cover the scalloped profile ends. I could picture frame the deck to cover the ends. How much overhang should the board have before ...
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How to protect decking when it's already winter

I have decking that looks in desperate need of some protector or oil. In the UK it's already quite wintery - temperatures are consistently around 5C (~40F), most days are wet. The instructions for all ...
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How can I replace missing parapet wall "joint caps"?

My home has a fiberglass roof deck with parapet wall surrounding it. The parapet wall is covered in aluminum (at least I think its aluminum) that matches the vinyl siding and color of the fiberglass ...
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Hillman "Deck Plus" lag screws

I'm re-planking my deck and shoring up some of the substructure while I'm in there. The beams are side-mounted to the posts like this (from dca 6): This is obviously non-ideal, but is impractical to ...
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How can I add a roof over the existing Deck?

I know how to build a cover, I just don't know how to attach it to the existing deck. Something like this:
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Can I replace just part of a 1x6 roof deck with OSB?

Redoing Roof, Roof Decking is 1x6 inch planks, and some OSB so the sheathing is mixed materials. Is it ok to replace the lower half of the roof with 3/4 or 1/2 inch plywood and keep the top half ...
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Can I get away with 5/4" cedar decking across a 24" span in a children's play structure?

I am currently in the process of designing/building a play structure for my son. The structure will include a 5' high elevated deck, that is 6'x4'. The supports for the decking will be 24" center-to-...
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Is my plan for replacing 4x4 deck posts with 6x6s reasonable?

We're planning on resurfacing our deck this summer. As preparation I got an inspector to take a look at the substructure to make sure it is still in good shape. The good news is that for the most part ...
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How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam?

My near-ground level deck is quite large (20x16) at one side and its end is a one-step stair. But at the edge, one end is flush with the last deck board (Trex 5.5") but the other end is like 1" short, ...
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Should 24" deck joist spacing be reduced to 16"?

I just tore off the old decking from my cabin's deck. The joists are set 24" on center as opposed to the 16" on center that were in the specs. Should I take all the joists out and replace all of ...
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How to raise an old footing?

I have an old deck taken down and the old footing is 3" above the ground but the building code requires 6". Do you have any ideal to increase the height of the footing without replacing it? Thanks a ...
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Is it okay to use rain to rinse off a deck after applying deck cleaner?

I'm planning to refinish my deck soon. Here are some pictures of the current state of it. I bought this Cabot wood cleaner. The instructions say to: Apply cleaning solution liberally to problem ...
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Deck screws undetectable and boards are rotting

I have a rotten deck, but the previous owners painted it in a Hardrock-type covering making the screws impossible to find. How should I remove the boards with this complication? Do I cut it off with a ...
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Some advice on building decking for a hot tub

I am building decking 310 by 330 to support an inflatable hot tub and a gazebo. the ground slopes away from the house by roughly 10 cm/meter so will need to raise the decking about 30-40 cm at the end ...