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Should I use stainless or galvanized structural screws for a deck?

Simpson has manufactured building ties and associated anchors for decades. Don't you think they have some experience to lean on? They are reputable and I would rely on their recommendations rather ...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

I built patio covers and car ports for along time and in some places we would have to dig 48”x48”x48” footings that we’d wet set black steel posts in for an aluminum patio cover, cause that’s what it ...
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Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks?

We use marine enamel for all rentals. We sometimes repaint a deck on houses we are selling. By far lasts longer for wood decks and quite frankly the boat paint manufacturers do a great job ...
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New poured concrete footing 1 inch low

It's pretty rare that deck piers come out at perfect height unless you have lasers set up and there's no settling whatsoever during the pour. It's too easy for forms to shift, etc., as you work. That'...
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Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks?

Silicone paint is not intended for frequent foot traffic, only occasional cats and possums etc. If you stay off the deck the silicone will probably last longer, else if it gets walked on the stain ...
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Will my deck support a hot tub?

No. 2x8 joists are barely adequate for that span anyway, and they certainly aren't for that massive load (which will be somewhere in the 4-6 ton range). You need heavier joists or a shorter span, ...
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Too Much Gap Between Roof Decking?

There are supposed to be expansion gaps between sheets of plywood on a roof. I can't tell from these pictures whether those are the right size (3mm or 1/8 inch) or too large, but the sheets should NOT ...
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running new feeder from exposed-basement load center to basement wall-mounted subpanel, + adj. duplex receptacle, THEN outside for 2 deck circuits

Put the GFCIs inside, too. Even "weather resistant" ones die faster outside. If your LV needs are small enough, plug the transformer into one of those. If you need Moah Powah! just put two ...
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