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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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how to treat regular lumber for outdoor use

What are the solutions to stain lumber for outdoor use, except buying pressure-treated wood? What I want to do is take the old lumber, which is still in good shape, but turned gray because of the ...
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Is a metal post base needed on a concrete pier?

I'm building a backyard storage shed that will be supported by two 4x6x16' pressure treated rails laying on concrete piers. The 6" side will be flat against the pier. At the building supply store I ...
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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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Truss Spacing and Sheathing Type

We are putting a new roof on our house (framing and all). The engineer sent me three prints with different truss spacing (16",19.2" and 24" OC). For obvious reasons, I would prefer to use the 24" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Will a C16 deck joist (about 2" by 5") span 3m (about 15 feet)?

I'd like to add a decking to my garden, dimensions are 5m width x 3m depth. Am planning to have 3m joists laid vertically (about 50cm apart) and 5m decking boards horizontally As the soil is not very ...
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New Wooden decking. To stain or not to stain [duplicate]

I had new wooden decking installed on my balcony. The guy that did the job says it doesn't need stain because the wood is already treated: http://www.diy.com/departments/premium-brown-softwood-deck-...
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How to build deck posts into clay soil

I am a novice diyer and I am attempting building a ground level deck in my back garden. I have seen so many different ways to dig and fill the hole it's left me more confused than when I started. What ...
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Are these joists deep enough for the joist spacing / beam spacing I am planning on my deck?

I'm building a deck in the garden, have planned, purchased and started building the deck. I've been laying out some joists on the support beams (wider timbers bolted onto the posts) that I've ...
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What post size should I use for a 20'x24' deck [closed]

My deck is 20' by 24'. Should we use 6x6 posts or 4x4 posts? Which will look better on such a large deck?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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