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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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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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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 type/brand of decking do I have?

I am repairing a hole in an my deck, due to son's pogo-sticking incident. I'd love to know what brand/type of decking I have so that I can look up correct repair techniques. I've appended a photo. It ...
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How do you know if new redwood decking is ready to be stained?

I have a new redwood deck, but I'm not sure if the wood is ready to be stained. I've read that you should wait 3 months to stain it. I have power washed it already and it has been drying for a ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' is too narrow

In building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' (where the beams are attached to each other with FastenMaster ThruLoks) is too narrow (~5" versus 6" expected) ...
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Planning an oversized deck [closed]

we are planning on building an oversized deck 50 foot long, 18 foot wide, 9 foot high Using 2x12x18 southern pine decking joist. Planning on spacing post 6 foot apart. I’m looking for advice ...
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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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Joining two composite decking boards side by side

I described my problem in this question here How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam? This is the outcome of that project. There ended up a bit of gap in some area like 1/8" - 3/16". It'...
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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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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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How can I get rid of weather marks on Trex decking?

We got some Trex decking in great shape, except it was originally installed upside down! So, there are marks on the 'wood grain' side where the board contacted the joists. Is there a way to get rid of ...
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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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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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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 can I build a long-lasting composite deck that’s exactly flush with the ground?

I love the look and feel of high-quality composite decking but I want it flush/level with the ground. In other words, I don’t want to step down off the deck. I particularly don’t want my small ...
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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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Prevent cupping and splitting of wet PT deck boards?

Building a deck now in hot South Carolina. I purchased #1 premium deck boards very nice appearance no knots etc.. The boards are very wet and even though I was sure to put them in the bark up ...
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How to stop redwood decks from creaking

My home was built brand new in 2016. I have a front porch and two back decks made of redwood and they all creak so badly, it's almost embarrassing... Anyone have any tips on how to quite them down?