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Is this deck post getting cracks due to it being overloaded?

Not concerning. Appears to be limited to a small section near the center (pith) of the tree that is exposed on this face of the post as cut. A side effect of the tendency to try to get the most post ...
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Is it normal to see light between the plywood on a roof deck?

There is actually a requirement that the plywood sheets are not tight against each other. The normal spacing is about 1/8 inch or the thickness of a nickel. Some installers use Plywood clips to keep ...
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Is this deck post getting cracks due to it being overloaded?

This is normal for wood that is exposed to the elements. The wood is constantly absorbing and releasing water. Over time, this will destroy pressure treated wood. The pictures aren't concerning for ...
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Is this deck post getting cracks due to it being overloaded?

The vertical cracks are absolutely no problem - they are a natural result of the wood drying out, a little too quickly. Proper treatment (eg painting) would have prevented/reduced it, but it's too ...
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Replacing rotten rim boards on deck

You can get carriage bolts in nearly any length you want, you don't have to use those long ones. Since you have them already, you might as well reuse them. You can take the existing ones off by ...
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Miter Cuts to achieve an 8 ft diameter

3, for a triangular approximation of "round" - other wise "infinite" is what it takes for round-from-segments. Anything less is an approximation. Straight segments make polygons. 1 ...
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How should I fasten a deck ledger to a concrete block wall?

Many jurisdictions have outlawed screw attachment for ledgers and beams, be it into a wooden rim joist or into concrete block. My experience tells me that screws (such as Tapcons) are woefully ...
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