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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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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

I need to build a footbridge across a creek and, due to soft and low land around it, will need a long span crossing the creek. I found this tutorial by Ron Hazelton where he makes a bridge with a 12' ...
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How do I build a corner bench for my deck?

I am totally new to DIY and wanted to take my first steps with a simple project - a corner bench. I have decking outside already, and want to use the same decking wood for my bench. Something similar ...
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How to install 2x10 joists of slightly different sizes?

We are trying to install the joist hangers and the joists, but the 2x10s are slightly different sizes. The problem is that some of the boards are 9.25" and some are 9.5" and some in between. So if all ...
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Do deck coatings work as claimed?

Home improvement stores have been stocking products in the paint section that appear to put a thick coating on the deck boards, giving them the appearance of synthetic decking. They claim to offer ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

I have a creek I need to cross with a footbridge. While the creek is only about 3' wide, the main span of the bridge will have to be somewhere between 14-17' feet long, due to low, wet, and loose ...
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How can i remove my rusted and stripped deck screws from my deck boards?

I am planning on replacing my wood deck boards with azek..some of my deck screw are rusted and stripped.can i use a reciprocating saw with a metal blade to cut between my deck boards and joists to cut ...
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How do I restore this deck?

I have a deck that faces south and gets hit by the sun pretty hard, pictures here: Aside from replacing the whole thing, which I don't want to do, I'm wondering what would be a good way to repair it....
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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 join vinyl decking to metal door frame?

Shoddy workmanship by a lousy contractor has left me with a vinyl deck that allows water to leak into the garage below. I identified the location of the leak - where the vinyl meets the metal frame ...
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Should I take my deck apart to fix a 1/2" lean?

I am building a 15'x23' deck in Knoxville. I built a sandwich girder at the end using 12" x 16" deep concrete piers, 4x4 posts sitting on galvanized metal brackets and pressure treated 2x10's ...
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Proper framing for connecting two deck beams together

I'm designing a deck by modifying an existing plan I found. The design features a large triangular projection on the right side, which is supported by a double 2x10 main beam (supported by 3-6x6 posts ...
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How to build deck starting in yard, ending on concrete slab?

Here are some photos of my backyard with rough dimensions. Needing help with how to end a deck from cemented posts in yard (at rear of house), to my back door. My trouble area is above the concrete. ...
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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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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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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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"Top layer" plywood subfloor fastened to decking

I just tore out a ton of particle board subfloor that was previously used for carpeting. The entire house has decking (2x6 planks) running on a 45 degree angle over joists with 3/8" plywood over the ...
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Can I use the Simpson Strong Tie EB-TY product with ChoiceDek?

I want to use the Simpson Strong Tie EB-TY hidden deck fasteners with my ChoiceDek decking. The decking is 1 inch thick and has slots in both edges. I am looking at the EBTYLC product in particular ...
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How tall can I go above ground with a concrete footing?

I am building a 20' x 20' foot deck with a 10' x 12' Pavilion in one corner, away from the house.I need the concrete footings for the pavilion to be flush or just above the surface of the deck. There ...
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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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What tools should I use to remove the tongue and groove from floorboards?

I have a big pile of high quality tongue and groove floorboards that I would like to reuse as decking timber for a small-ish deck. The trouble is I don't quite know what the best tools to use would ...
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Will 1x4 or 1x6 boards span 3 feet between beams for a walking bridge?

I have a foot bridge I wish to plank with 1x4 or 1x6 material. The bridge is 3' wide. The planks will be simply supported at each end by 4" beams. Will a 1x4 or a 1x6 3' long support a 200 pound load?...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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Decking fastening schedule?

I'm screwing down a deck of 5/4 x 4" cedar, over joists 16" O.C. It's a covered deck, so it won't get very wet. Is 1 screw per joist/plank intersection enough? Or 2?
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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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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...
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Repairing cracks on deck joists

This year, being a beginner in handyman skills I decided to replace the deck boards and railings of my deck. When I bought the home about 1.5 years ago the professional who checked the house for me ...
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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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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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Create a constant 5 mm gap between decking and side panels

I have some decking for which I've built the frame, and the main "floor" decking already but haven't done the sides for yet. The decking goes right up to the edges of the subframe that it sits on. ...
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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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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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Can I use knee bracing to cantilever a deck further than code allows?

I live in Florida and currently have a deck support by ten 9" round, 10' high pilings. The outer ledge boards are double 2x10x10 bolted to the piling which are notched to accommodate the double 2x10s. ...
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Melting snow on the deck leaked into the house. Is my deck flashing incorrect or insufficient?

Last fall I had a small deck built to replace three masonry stoops that were falling apart. The sheathing behind the stoops was not flashed and was rotting. The contractor did a good job as far as I ...
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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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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

I am going to tear down an existing deck (which is rotting out) and want to block off usage of existing French doors that currently lead to the deck. I’ll attach photos below. I am going to build a ...
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What type of fasteners should I use when replacing exterior deck boards?

I have a wooden walkway that leads from my deck down to my pool. Some of the boards are rotten and I want to replace them. Is this a project for a Nail Gun (which is how everything is currently put ...
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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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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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Help Critique deck post and beam location

please critique my deck design and post locations. One side of the deck will be attached to multiple ledger boards, another sitting on the beam with 1 feet overhang. Deck is at most 1 1/2 feet of the ...
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Freestanding deck - should I use joist hangers or bugle screws to attach joists to the bearers?

I'm planning a freestanding deck in the back yard, and I noticed that in this video they suggested that you could use bugle screws instead of joist hangers. Since I don't have a ledger board at either ...
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Is wolmanized wood different that just treated wood?

The title says it all, is wolmanized wood different that just treated wood?
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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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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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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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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 connect two 2x4 to 4x4 post base?

I am looking for a way to use a 4x4 base to carry two joined 2x4s as in the picture below. The problem is that there is a 0.5 in. gap as the actual width of the two boards is 1.5+1.5 = 3 in. while ...
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Deck Joist Hanging Options

I am trying to design a replacement deck for my home. Local regulations require IRC 2015 and the area is designated SDC D2. The surface height of my deck will be ~8' 8" above grade and there is a ...
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Non combustible decking options

We are planning our next project: A rooftop terrace. We would like to use the full wide of our roof, our city impose non combustible (not A rating) elements withing 1.2m from property limits, so I'm ...
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Do I need ledger board when expand deck?

I have a deck like below and I want to expand the direction where the arrow shows (sorry for an ugly photo). Do I need to put a ledger board right on the trim joist, or can I just hang the new joists ...