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Is my wooden deck salvageable? Repair tips and Stain vs Paint questions

It appears to be somewhat weathered, but overall solid. You can do as much or as little as you like to it, from there. It's a deck, not a living room floor. If it's not structurally compromised (and ...
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How to remove screws from old decking

When the boards having the heads are being discarded, a simple way to remove them is to cut through the screws at the joint between the board. You can use a reciprocating saw (often called by a ...
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Is my wooden deck salvageable? Repair tips and Stain vs Paint questions

I've worked on many decks that look just like that. Get a pressure cleaner/washer and go over the entire deck. You'll be surprised at how that cleans up the deck. Don't use a 4500 PSI (31 MPa) washer, ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

It has to do more with the quality of the the 2x6s vs the 4x6. A 4x6 x 12 board would have to be clear all the way through, with no cracks or knots. Most softwood logs won't produce this board, and ...
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How to efficiently use my decking boards (and look nice)?

Subject to adjustment (waste happens) based on where your joists land. full board 0.6m + 2.4m 1.2m + 1.8m 1.8m + 1.2m 2.4m + 0.6m full board Repeat until done. So, rather than pile all the scraps on ...
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Bridging one deck joist over a formal pond

I think I'd use a length of aluminum box tubing as a joist. You can hang it on the concrete using segments of aluminum angle as joist hangers. You can then screw the decking directly to the tubing.
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Recommended footings for deck built on rock with 5-10% grade?

1" of organic matter on rock? remove all the organic matter from the locations where the footings go, pour concrete footings or piers on the rock surface directly. Might be a good idea to drill ...
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How to protect 2x4 deck framing from ground moisture?

Use ground contact (GC) rated pressure treated wood. Don't skimp by using untreated wood or even above-ground; ground contact or bust! In addition to its rot resistance it is generally less ...
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How to remove screws from old decking

@Bib is absolutely correct in the answer above, but in the grand tradition of skinning a cat multiple ways, here's an alternate approach. I think this would be faster than an oscillating tool and ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

The Scout Pioneering website contains information on how to build several bridges. I am guessing that most of these are more complicated than what you had in mind, so if you want something simpler, ...
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Bridging one deck joist over a formal pond

You could support each deck board individually by taking advantage of the strongest shape in construction, the triangle.
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45 degree beveled deck board ends butt joint at same joist

I've done it myself with both wood and synthetics and seen it on many other decks. I don't think there's anything wrong with a slanted lap. Protruding edges are no more likely or severe than they ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

Boards that are laminated in some fashion get an overall durability increase (not necessarily net strength increase) because they no longer suffer from a single grain dimension through the thickness. ...
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Can a square deck be cantilevered on all 4 sides?

Decks are cantilevered on one side because of the directionality of the joists. With ledger support at the house, there is only one area that needs cantilevered, at the end of the deck supported by a ...
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Recommended footings for deck built on rock with 5-10% grade?

sedimentary rock can be quite soft / should be easy to drill. fine for compressive strength. drill 8" deep holes using rotary hammer 3/4" quad carbide bits blow out the holes / clean holes ...
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How to protect decking when it's already winter

The temperature range is important because it dictates the drying time and should be followed pretty close. The dryness factor is critical. Wood absorbs water. When you set out to protect your deck ...
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What's the easiest way to fix these deck joists?

I've replace a few on decks and never had to remove all the planks because there was enough room underneath to get to the joist hangers. You should remove the screws from the planks going into a joist ...
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Remove stubborn deck nails

Based on your successful trial from my speculative comment: I suspected that if you hit them with a hammer hard enough to get them to move (a bit more in - perhaps 1/8 of an inch) they might then be ...
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Can a square deck be cantilevered on all 4 sides?

The 2018 IRC (as adopted by Oregon, where I live) allows a free-standing deck to have both cantilevered beams and joists. The 2015 IRC (as adopted by Texas, listed in your profile) is similar but has ...
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How to remove screws from old decking

If your just replacing a few boards and you can see the screws clearly, I have had pretty good luck using a coring bit. They can be a little hard to find without pilot bit, but they work very well. ...
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Is my plan for replacing 4x4 deck posts with 6x6s reasonable?

I could ask you to sketch your deck out with dimensions to calc out the beam reaction on the posts, but just shooting from the hip here to save all of us time: there's probably nothing wrong with ...
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Can a square deck be cantilevered on all 4 sides?

I can't find any code for it, but my mind keeps saying you only get two feet of overhang on a floating deck... because the maximum spacing for posts supporting a 2x12 is 8', and one quarter of 8' is 2'...
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How to remove screws from old decking

When the plank is to be replaced you can cut the plank either side of the joist (I drilled a hole to start then a power jigsaw to cut). Then split the small remaining bit of plank along its grain ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

Unless height is an issue, why limit yourself to a 6" deep timber? It's the height that's going to give the beam its rigidity. Why not look at an 8" or 9" deep floor joists? We use 9" x 2" and even 9" ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

In architecture we use laminated timber in order to reach long distances. It would be impossible otherwise. Here is just to reduce weak spots. By the way, that is not a real laminated timber but just ...
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What type of fasteners should I use when replacing exterior deck boards?

Decks have been built with screws for the last 30 years where I live. Nails are unheard of for the reason you mentioned. Your local hardware store will have a selection of epoxy-coated or galvanized ...
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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

In my area, they often build homes that have an optional deck, but the deck is not built at the same time as the home. In these cases, the home builders simply build a small section of railing, and ...
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How can i remove my rusted and stripped deck screws from my deck boards?

You can do that, but some screws are very hard and you'll have a slow, noisy time of it. You'd want a high quality metal-cutting blade. Getting a gap between the decking and joists makes it much ...
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Will 1x4 or 1x6 boards span 3 feet between beams for a walking bridge?

The boards will flex something awful, which makes for an unpleasant walking experience. Tying them together with an unsupported stringer in the middle will make things quite a bit less wobbly. If the ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Personally, I'd power wash it and apply a thick deck restoring product since you plan to replace in a few years. This is an example of such a product, but I'm not endorsing any product or seller. ...
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