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For questions generally relating to outdoor, semi-elevated, non-enclosed structures such as decks, gazebos, pergolas, etc.

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It depends. (Notice how many of our answers begin like that?) A deck is a structure, usually attached to a building, that supports people and furniture in a somewhat open area. As some comments … point out, because deck flooring is exposed to weather, there are generally drainage gaps in the floor. A porch is generally a deck-like space with a roof, attached to a building. As also stated …
answered Jan 5 '14 by bib
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One of the major factors in the wear and tear on outdoor wood is moisture absorption (and subsequent release). This causes swelling and shrinking of fibers and leads to cracks and eventual breakdown o …
answered Jun 17 '14 by bib
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It sounds like you need joist hangers The advantage of these is the nails into the joists run across the grain, not in parallel to it (as they would if you end nailed them). Images and links for …
answered May 26 '15 by bib
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Sooner or later the splining will deteriorate, and whatever sealant you put in may as well. Also, you are creating little pools in the gaps that may be breeding grounds for mosquitos in wet weather. …
answered May 7 '16 by bib
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Before you start with a sander, I would try a power washer. These can be rented from a big box store for a day or two. If you have several projects, consider purchase. You do need to be careful since …
answered Apr 24 '14 by bib
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A lock washer (split washer) between the nut and the flat washer will usually give enough grip to allow you to ratchet it down.
answered May 18 '14 by bib
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To let rain water drain off the deck, and prevent pools accumulating in joints/cracks and causing mold and rot. It also lets a deck dry faster to avoid slippery surfaces. Further, it spreads the … dripping water over a broader area and allows it to soak into the ground underneath faster and more evenly, avoiding heavy drip lines at the edge of the deck. While bonded wooden sheet decking could be theoretically possible, I have never seen it, and why would you want it? …
answered Jul 31 '13 by bib
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Without weighing in on which type is better, hot dipped galvanized carriage bolts seem to be available from a number of sources, both mail order and big-box, such as these.
answered Sep 12 '13 by bib