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Will deck stain darken with a longer drying time?

I had my deck professionally cleaned and stained with a dark oil this weekend. The guy did 2 coats on half of the deck then had to stop due to rain. He came back a few hours later when it was dry and ...
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Deck stairs location/distance help

I'm in the process of repairing my old deck and while doing so, I want to relocate it's stairs. My question is, how do I determine how far my last stair should be or where I should build a concrete ...
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Does anyone know how to identify a composite deck board by serial number on the board?

I am working on a deck from 2007. The builder told the homeowner he was installing Trex. The boards warped and became uneven and are stained. I sent pictures to Trex and they deny the boards are ...
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Miter Cuts to achieve an 8 ft diameter

I am looking to segment wood pieces together to make a circular frame around an above ground pool. The diameter of the pool is 8 feet. What is the least number of boards I can use to achieve this and ...
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Is this deck post getting cracks due to it being overloaded?

I never seen such types of cracks online. Is this particular post overloaded. There is nothing on the deck. Also another closest post set 10 feet away. Any idea
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How to delay or slow down rot in deck post?

My deck is almost 7 years old. I was concern about rotting in deck post. So i did dig carefully around one of the deck post for 6-8 inches down and i think i didnt see sign of rot yet. This post set ...
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Replacing rotten rim boards on deck [closed]

Those black double 1x8 have rotted at all corners and I need to replace them: I think I can handle the demo part, cutting new boards to size and nailing them back onto the stringer. I may have to ...
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best way to plug unused screw holes in wood deck

my redwood 2x6 decking was originally screwed in from the top. the wood is in pretty decent shape, so i’m going to: remove the planks put joist tape on the joists flip the planks over use hidden ...
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Are my plans feasible?

Have an area I want to add some deck'g 2 in order to expand the space of a concrete porch. Fr. wall of house outward I'm going 12'by 6'. R 2-2x12x12 enuf? to support 1x6x6 planking. The 2x12x12s will ...
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How should I fasten a deck ledger to a concrete block wall?

I'm trying to rebuild our deck. How do I attach a 2X8 board to a 8 inch block concrete wall? What size concrete screw do I need?
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Is it normal to see light between the plywood on a roof deck?

I am replacing my roof and needed plywood changed out due to water damage. They have completed the decking and are waiting for inspection prior to putting the other layers. Is it normal to see light ...
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Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks?

Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks? red-colored stain for wooden decks and front porches? white-colored silicone-based roof coating mixed with red concrete colorant?
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Vapor barrier (sheet) over concrete pad below ground level deck?

I've just finished the framing for a low deck that's partially over a concrete slab (see pics below). As you can see, there is minimal clearance under the deck for air circulation. I'm now thinking I ...
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Reduce lateral movement for polycarbonate roof over existing deck?

So we are in the process of adding a polycarbonate roof (suntuf) over our existing deck. It's an A-frame roof with different pitches on each side (because I tried where I could to tie my posts into ...
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Concrete Steps with Top Wooden Riser

I recently purchased a home and am working through some deferred maintenance issues. One issue is the front steps. There is a set of concrete stairs leading to a concrete landing and the issue is the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...