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Decks: COMPOSITE DECK RAILS, stainless steel screws, degree surface
stainless steel screws, degree surface, deck rails: Hello Steve, If you are using post sleeves over 4x4s or even solid composite posts if you cut the angle perfect you should be able to attach them with some 2 1/2 stainless steel screws. Another option is to install 2 posts at the intersection so that they...

Decks: Concrete deck finish and railings, iron railing, stiff brush
iron railing, stiff brush, concrete deck: Hello Pam I would brush the 60% cured concrete with a stiff brush then finish that with a stain after drying. For rails I would use iron railing. The rail posts can be inserted with the concrete. Maybe even attach them at the bottom for even more strength,...

Decks: canvas awning framework parts, chain link fence, aluminum fence
chain link fence, aluminum fence, canvas awning: Hello Greg, I done some looking around myself and all the awnings that I have read about or viewed on-line are welded aluminum. Fence piping is probably going to be to heavy and require a support post. I m sure if you really got creative you could make fence...

Decks: concrete porch roof, rafter tails, ceiling joist
rafter tails, ceiling joist, new porch: Hello Frank, I understand what your saying now Ahhhh... I had read the question wrong before I guess. What I do in your situation is box the house cornice in with a gable going up to the roof.Cut the 2x4s to sit right on the roof out flush with the cornice....

Decks: decks, hardy backer, backer boards
hardy backer, backer boards, brick pavers: Hello Jim, I believe after you buy all the materials for a deck and everything else you could pour a slab cheaper. My reason is this, the hardy backer won t work unless its 3-4 sheets thick and even then I wouldn t trust it. That means you would need Pressure...

Decks: poring concret over cement board, joists, joist
Decks: poring concret over cement board, joists, joist, tensile strength

Decks: leaky membrane deck, rain water
rain water: Hi Phil. I could really do with a bit more information of your problem. You say that the deck tilts towards the outside so that lets me believe water should run away from any buildings. If I knew what type of deck you have, i.e. concrete, wood etc., is it...

Decks: Maintaining a pressure-treated deck, old paint, sun and rain
old paint, sun and rain, pressure treated wood: Hello Alorac, Sounds to me like maybe the deck was painted and had not sufficiently dried prior to painting.The bad thing about PT decks is they require maint. With allot of exposure the deck will be hard to keep paint on it. Use high quality primer and paint...

Decks: Maintaining a Western Red Cedar Deck, washington dc area, cedar deck
washington dc area, cedar deck, california redwood: John Personally I ve found it very hard to treat cedar and keep it looking good over time.I believe that the wood is so porous that it doesn t ever really want to seal up.And it would continue to suck in the stain causing the fading color. I have personally...

Decks: membrane deck, light weight concrete, rain water
light weight concrete, rain water, water problem: Hello Phil, without seeing how your setup is It s hard to get a feel for the problem.One suggestion is, could you put some temporary timbers under the deck to hold it up and then cut a inch or so off the support posts. Then using a jack slowly lower the deck...

Decks: Porch, pitch roof, warm climate
pitch roof, warm climate, hello jim: Hello Jim, Sounds like your on track, couple things, you said 2x6 joists, even at 10 ft. I would use 2x8 or 2x10. As far as the notch into the posts, do it either with the notch as described or sit the floor on the posts and then put the remainder of the...

Decks: poring concret over cement board, hardy backer, cement board
hardy backer, cement board, pressure treated plywood: Hello Tim, If you are talking about Hardy Backer or a similar cement board used mainly as a underlayment on tile applications then the answer is No. The stuff is to thin and brittle.Why must you use cement? Can t you just use joists and decking? Anyway if...

Decks: Removing and reinstalling a deck, cutting blade, sawzall
cutting blade, sawzall, level deck: Hello Joe Sure you can.Best tool is a sawzall with a metal cutting blade. The decking might be tricky, you may have to end up losing some of it , it wants to break when you put a pry bar to it sometimes. But if you can bend a metal sawzall blade up under...

Decks: railings, inclosure, post hole
inclosure, post hole, balusters: Hello Robert, I would use 4x4 posts set in concrete with post hole diggers.Set them so they run wild above the deck but right up against the band. Use a jig saw to cut the overhanging decking. Now measure up 36 on each end and pop a line, cut the posts. They...

Decks: settled deck foundation, angle brackets, metal plates
angle brackets, metal plates, beams: Hi Justin. There are a couple of different ways to solve this problem. Depending on your situation, I have no idea which may be the best way to go: 1. Support the beams next to a post in question and remove the bolts, screws or nails. Raise the beam up to...

Decks: waiting for the weather, weather this week, deck floor
weather this week, deck floor, good shape: Hello Rich, I think you will be ok. Even if the deck is not in the best shape, I don t see it rotting and deteriorating in one winter. Stain wouldn t keep it from rotting anyway. All stain is , is that , stain.. Unless it is a sealer it doesn t protect the...

Decks: 2x4 deck frame, deck screws, good morning sam
deck screws, good morning sam, large person: Good morning Sam, If there is any way you can up-size you lumber, you should. 2x4s are not strong enough. You might could double them up as your suggesting and span 48 thats about it. even then a large person could snap them if they fell down or jumped up...

Decks: Beam Span?, joist hangers, foot span
joist hangers, foot span, carriage bolts: The additional depth--going to a 2x12--makes the beam a lot stiffer and a little stronger. The formula for what I ll call the stiffness factor : width x depth cubed So each 5.5 x 11.25 is 7831 stiffness factor; whereas the 6 x 9.5 I recommended is...

Decks: Building my first treehouse (elevated deck)... as a father, hex nuts, nuts and bolts
hex nuts, nuts and bolts, cedar posts: Hello Jeremy, Everything sounds ok to me except the bolting of the support frame to the posts. You can still bolt it, however try and incorporate a notch say of 1 into the posts for the two load supporting bands to sit in.It isn t necessary for the side bands...

Decks: Lam Beam Construction, carriage bolts, lumber supply
carriage bolts, lumber supply, jack hope: Hello Steve, Hey I got a crazy question, Out of all the names I see here yours is the most frequent. Have we met on this site before? Just a poll I m keeping up with, I don t mind answering any questions, hell I wouldn t be the leading questioner on the subject...

Decks: OK to cut slab out of concrete porch?, french drain system, concrete walkway
french drain system, concrete walkway, concrete blade: Hello Mike, first let me say that is a very nice clean looking Arbor / Pergola you have there. I really like that. Have you thought about matching planterboxes above ground? Sit them on the slab that you are pointing at , have them finish out about mid rail....

Decks: supporting a swim spa, concrete footers, swim spa
concrete footers, swim spa, back deck: Hello Matt, locate your support posts and pour deep footers on compacted soil, make sure you run the joists the 8 way, attach the joists with hangers, add a beam 4x6 under the center of the joists supported with 6x6 to concrete footers just like the perimeters...

Decks: white pine posts splitting, pine posts, deck rails
pine posts, deck rails, outer surface: Brian, Yes, this shrinkage and checking is common with the softer conifers. You know the checking is caused from the outer surface drying out faster than the inner part of the post and normally goes only to the center. We do various things to keep this...

Decks: Cedar post on pergola cracked, cedar posts, t effect
cedar posts, t effect, pressure treated wood: Good morning Kathy, Cracks in large timber is normal. I have to admit though that I see it less in cedar than in pressure treated. Wood has a high moisture content and when the moisture escapes the material shrinks to fill the space. This creates cracks on...

Decks: concrete sauna tubes, frost heave, anchor points
frost heave, anchor points, anchor point: Hello , Almost all codes that involve the placement of a mobile home require it to be strapped down to a anchor point. The approved anchor points vary. I believe that if you should be able to strap a home down to some anchors that are imbedded in concrete,...

Decks: converting a deck to a screened in area, carpentry skills, knee wall
carpentry skills, knee wall, 2x6: Hello Phyl, You can do it yourself if you have some carpentry skills. Probably get the job done around 2,500.00 dollars if done yourself and do it basic.Space the posts out evenly, decide what you want at the bottom of the openings, rail, knee wall etc..Install...

Decks: Deck Maintenance, wood preserver, composit material
wood preserver, composit material, knowing what type: Hi Erick. Not knowing what type of wood was used for the rails and pickets, I can only suggest that you use a quality wood preserver like Thompsons Water Seal. You may need to pressure wash and clean them up first. Here is a web site with a few useful tips...

Decks: asphalt pool deck, paving tiles, mortar bed
paving tiles, mortar bed, control joints: Dear Fran, Depending on how much height you can add to it, you could pour a slab over the top. You ve probably already considered that. Even a two-inch slab would work, if you cut control joints into it every two or three feet, making it look like large...

Decks: Deck Flooring, hardy plank siding, screen porches
hardy plank siding, screen porches, exterior plywood: Hello Dorsey, Tile is not a good idea on a deck unless you have a strong support frame and install it over some exterior plywood of considerable thickness. Most composite decking is made from plastic and wood chips and glue and is not very structural. It...

Decks: Fence Installation, punta gorda florida, board fence
punta gorda florida, board fence, fence installation: Hi Michelle. I had a 6 foot close board fence in Punta Gorda, Florida and hurricane Charlie laid it flat in 2004. The wind snapped the 4 x 4 posts off at ground level. If you want a degree of privacy, I would recommend a shadow box type. It should allow...

Decks: Fence Pricing, fence length, perimeter
fence length, perimeter, circumference: JL: After seeing how wordy my answer was I can understand what you mean--I almost confused myself! USUALLY, a chain-link fence measurement of 106 in length would not include the gate; with a wood fence the gate and fence total would be 106 --the gate...

Decks: Frost Jacking, clam shell, concrete piers
clam shell, concrete piers, markham ontario: Hi again, Frost goes down at about a 10 degree angle, they say, or 2-1/2 inches per foot. You just have to protect the area immediately around the Sono tubes though; so a foot all around should be fine. Poly is nice and slippery. That should help. Up...

Decks: asphalt pool deck, concrete surface, different colors
Decks: asphalt pool deck, concrete surface, different colors, asphalt

Decks: pergola, metric conversions, cantilever
Decks: pergola, metric conversions, cantilever, span

Decks: Ledger fastened to house, Wej-It, anchor bolts
Wej-It, anchor bolts, toggle bolts: Great! I think that some pictures may help with the answer. In going back through previous answers I ran across this statement that I wrote, that you believe is recommending the use of “Wej-It” anchor bolts (I misspelled the brand name in my first answer)...

Decks: Matching existing composite decking, choice deck, composite decking
choice deck, composite decking, home depot: Hello, Brian The HD stores around here have grey composite, it s a trex product. Lowes sales a grey composite that is called choice deck. If you could get a sample of your deck and take it to the stores for matching. If that doesn t work try contacting...

Decks: mildew cleaning, carpets rugs, outdoor carpet
carpets rugs, outdoor carpet, expertize: Hi Elaine. Your question is not within my field of expertize. However, I did find this web site that may help you. If not perhaps you could re-address your question to a carpeting expert. http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/fc_carpets_rugs/article/0,,DIY_13811_2268554,00.html...

Decks: pergola, concrete beam, span
concrete beam, span, cantilever: How I long for the day when the United States joins the civilized nations of the world and adopts the metric system, so those of us who are “numerically-challenged” won t have to search through the rubble on the desk to find the pocket calculator.... But,...

Decks: Roof deck on flat roof, roll roofing, roof decks
roll roofing, roof decks, roof membrane: Hello Tonya I have built a few roof decks, most were built on stationary 4x4 sleeper cross beams. You lay these beams carefully in place avoiding damming up the water flow, and avoiding puncturing the roof. It helps to lay down another layer of roll roofing...

Decks: railroad tie dro support decking, frost heave, drain rock
frost heave, drain rock, t drain: Hello Kurt, It all depends on the kind of soil you have in the area. Around here it is mostly sand and rock which drain pretty well, if you feel your area stays wet most of the year and your soil doesn t drain adequately then perhaps some sort of drainage...

Decks: staining ipe deck, sherwin williams, specialty store
sherwin williams, specialty store, answering questions: Hello Angie, I have been answering questions on this site for years and rarely do I run across someone from my area.My company is based out of cartersville. Anyway back to your question: Ipe is a strange hardwood I have had allot of people run into problems...

Decks: Attaching a Kids Swing to Existing Deck, screw eyes, couple feet
screw eyes, couple feet, support beam: Dear Alicia, That slide looks like a lot of fun! My brothers and sisters and I would have loved that deck, growing up. My kids would have made good use of it as well. I don t see a really good place for a swing, especially one made for older kids. I...

Decks: Building a set of stairs leading down to our basement, penny nails, wood edges
penny nails, wood edges, start at the bottom: Hello Bruce, There are allot of ways to install in-ground steps. I guess the best way and cheapest /most attractive would be 6x6 as the main and only material.Start at the bottom and dig out the embankment as if you were making dirt steps. Try and get the...

Decks: what's the best way, wedge anchor bolt, concrete fastening
wedge anchor bolt, concrete fastening: Derick, Wedge anchor bolts are the best way to attach anything to concrete. Rent a rock drill with the bit of appropriate size. http://www.confast.com/products/thunderstud-anchor.aspx Sleeve anchor bolts work well also. Sometimes epoxy is added to...

Decks: Decks, pool decks, pool problem
pool decks, pool problem, ground pool: Hello Jack There are allot of choices out there but for the money and durability I recommend Trex decking. It can be installed with a spacer and allow plenty of drainage. When you install the deck try and use 6x6 as sleepers buried in the ground and then...

Decks: deck building, frost heave, deck blocks
frost heave, deck blocks, free standing deck: Here’s a coincidence for you: My very first Allexperts question had to do with deck blocks and the movement of soil. In that case, the question had to do with how to keep deck blocks that supported a FREE-STANDING deck from sinking in super-soft soil. ...

Decks: deck footers, wood planks, pouring footers
wood planks, pouring footers, gabe: Hi Gabe. Sorry to hear of your problem. However, I am surprised that the footers were not inspected before the deck was erected. Perhaps, in your particular area, that is not a requirement. Without being able to physically see what you have, it is difficult...

Decks: decking over a concrete slab that always stays wet on humid days in New Orleans, deck over concrete slab, sleepers
deck over concrete slab, sleepers, stopping moisture: It s a moot point whether the dampness in the concrete comes from condensation of the warm, humid air on the concrete which is kept colder than the surrounding air because of its direct contact with the earth; or wicking of moisture from the silty Nawlins...

Decks: Exterior deck flooring with no cover, hard wood flooring, tongue and groove
hard wood flooring, tongue and groove, cinder block: Hello Gina I assume you want T&G because it will be a solid surface and keep most of the moisture from coming through to the lower deck, or you want a hidden fastener system. You can have both with Tendura composites by Georgia Pacific. The size I am most...

Decks: deck building, sketch
Decks: deck building, sketch

Decks: Will Mahogany decking shrink over time, penofin, thanks in advance
penofin, thanks in advance, mahogany: Hello Brian All natural and even some man made materials expand and contrast due to humidity and temperature. If the lumber was not sealed recently after the install then moisture over the winter can cause it to expand. Let it sit in a few days sun this...

Decks: Pressure Treated Wood, moisture, wood sealer
moisture, wood sealer: That s a bit too long to wait, IMHO. The idea is that you should give the excess moisture in the wood time to dry out, so there will be room--both BETWEEN the wood cells and WITHIN the wood cells--for the water seal molecules to fit. An analogy might be...

Decks: How to paint new built treated wood porch, painting treated wood, wood putty
painting treated wood, wood putty, grit sandpaper: Dear David, From the picture, you did a fine job! There are entire books devoted to painting wood trim and railings such as yours, but I ll give you a few of my own particular insights into painting treated wood. For masking tips and painting procedures,...

Decks: replacing screens, aluminum frames, top bottom
aluminum frames, top bottom, clamps: Terry, One trick to replacing screens is to secure the screens frame before attempting to insert the screen and get it tight. You can either screw it down to a work table or use some clamps. Be careful though because the aluminum frames bend easily. Good luck.As...

Decks: sagging deck fame, perimeter frame, lumber store
perimeter frame, lumber store, deck boards: Larry: I m having a bit of a problem with some of the terms--nothing major; just some regional differences, I suspect. Let me confirm: The deck boards--the walk surface--are TREX, & they re supported by and attached to what you call runners (and I call...

Decks: screened in porch, cedar siding, room hope
cedar siding, room hope, paint scheme: Hello Joyce Allot of the porches we install the paint scheme is similar to what you have . The face of the posts on the outside are colored to match the house trim, then the inside is usually white or another lighter color. If you have trim in the inside...

Decks: Treated Wood, pressure treated wood, picnic table
pressure treated wood, picnic table, penetrating sealer: Doug, It s true that a penetrating sealer, or any sealer for that matter, will not set well on new treated wood. Typically, the treated wood is saturated when it is new--you may have noticed when you made the cuts and hefted the picnic table! So you can...

Decks: Treated Wood, pressure treated wood, picnic table
pressure treated wood, picnic table, water seal: Hi Doug. You don t have to wait that long. Usually it should be dry enough in a couple of weeks providing it is kept out of the rain. As long as the first half inch or so of the boards are reasonably dry you can go ahead and apply the first coat of water seal....

Decks: Using solid white stain on railing, rainy climate, water sealer
rainy climate, water sealer, will have some sort: Hi Brooke. I am not the best person to ask your question. The reason being that I have never advocated using anything but a good quality water seal/preserver. In my opinion, any type of clear, semi-transparent or solid stain will eventually peel off and, as...

Decks: Warped PT 4x4 posts, straight boards, wood material
straight boards, wood material, railing: Hello Matt There is not any trick to guarantee no warping and twisting. The best thing you can do is buy a few extra pieces and have the store band them together and then let them dry out while still being banded. Some even after that still might twist...

Decks: Attached Pergola Beam size, hello mike, main beam
hello mike, main beam, beam size: Hello Mike Most Pergolas/Arbors I have seen and or built don t usually carry a lot of load/weight. I have spanned 16 with 2 2x10. And when we used 2 2x10 they were saddle cut on either side of the support posts (6x6) Not actually nailed together as a...

Decks: building a deck, joist hangers, post holes
joist hangers, post holes, deck height: Hello Mike, Sure you can do it. Most people can t do carpentry because they are unfamiliar with the tools needed more than the knowledge it takes. Home depot etc.. is full of how to books. Problem is most people don t have the tools to do it the easy way....

Decks: Container Garden on deck, caster wheels, wood containers
caster wheels, wood containers, lumber yard: Hello Lew This is how I would build what you are describing, Go to Lowes or Home Depot etc and look at the wheeled dollies that they sell, most have the wheels attached pretty good to a wood frame. Get the dimensions of the frame and go to the garden center...

Decks: Container Garden on deck, planters, decks
planters, decks, drainage: Lew: I m sure glad you ve had second thoughts about the size and weight of your planters! As originally conceived, a 4 x 4 x 2 planter filled to 18 the dirt in each planter would weight a whopping 2,880 pounds--nearly one-and-a-half TONS. All three...

Decks: Container Garden on deck, caster wheels, diameter wheels
caster wheels, diameter wheels, wood containers: Hi Lew. I don t mind at all and I ll try and address each item in turn. The castors would need to be at least 4 diameter wheels and very heavy duty and I would carriage bolt them to angle braces at each corner of the planter using a 2 x 6 . I would also...

Decks: Covered Pergola, plastic corrugated roofing, pressure treated lumber
plastic corrugated roofing, pressure treated lumber, 6x6: Hello Jerry 2x6 rafters are ok but on 24 centers is a little spread out for my taste, strength wise it should be fine, but the tails on a arbor give it the effect and having them spread so far apart and so less of them will make the structure look blank....

Decks: DECKS, skirt boards, thread design
skirt boards, thread design, long hope: Hello Steve, 1) Most composites don t require pre drilling unless you are near the edge of the material. Use trapeze screws, they have a reverse two thread design.2) I assume you are speaking about the thin skirt boards they sell to cover the deck bands?...

Decks: Deck Construction, joist hangers, foot bridge
joist hangers, foot bridge, deck construction: Hello Woody, If it is built like a deck, then the spans would be as if it was a deck, 2x12 would suffice. Use 2 2x12 nailed together like a beam on each sides of the walkway ( total 4 2x12) Then attach 48 -60 2x8 as joists in between the two outer beams....

Decks: Deck Roof, deck roof, freestanding structure
deck roof, freestanding structure, open structure: Hi Jodi. You could use the left over boards to build a simple open structure over part of your deck. I assume the boards are 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 . I do not know how long they are. It would be attached to the side of the house or could be a freestanding structure....

Decks: Decking, pilot holes, trim screws
pilot holes, trim screws, Choicedek: Steve, you came to the right place. First, 2-1/4 screws are long enough IF...; and second you absolutely need to drill a pilot hole, and MAYBE countersink it. There! Feel better? Seriously, a check with the Choicedek web site: http://www.choicedek.com/products/installation-guidelines/...

Decks: Decking, rim joist, lag screws
rim joist, lag screws, ebay: Steve: Either way will work, since the wood will be in compression, but going through the trim board with lag screws or--better yet--carraige bolts will (IMHO) look better and will (DEFINITELY) be easier. And by all means double-up the perimeter ...

Decks: Decking over concrete, interior flooring, interior floor
interior flooring, interior floor, heavy rain: Hi Jamie. Without being able to physically see what you have to begin with, it is difficult to imagine how best to advise. However, if you can foresee finished steps, I think you could make it work. One thing to be aware of is if your top landing is going...

Decks: deck rail, deck joists, deck rail
deck joists, deck rail, outer frame: You know the brackets can be made and you think I can make them. Hooo-ee! I guess I should feel flattered that you have such a high degree of confidence in me; that being the case, if I let you down it won t be for lack of trying. I do need to get you...

Decks: deck stain, two coats, water seal
two coats, water seal, thompsons: Hi Debbie. If your deck has not been stained before and is natural wood, I would simply pressure wash it and apply two coats of a good quality water seal like Thompsons. If you stain it, you may have worse problems in the future as stains will eventually peel...

Decks: decks, rim board, lag bolt
rim board, lag bolt, deck railing: Hi Steve. If I understand your question correctly, you intend to use 4 x 4 posts for the top rail. If this is the case, then you do not need to double the outside rim or joist board. You can cut out 1-1/2 of the 4 x 4 posts and either lag bolt or carriage...

Decks: enclosing the existing deck, concrete footers, complicated question
concrete footers, complicated question, 4x4s: Hello Rita First thing you need to check is if the deck is sitting on notched posts or just nailed to the sides of the 4x4s. If it is not notched then you will have to re-support the deck with 6x6 in concrete footers. This will help in carrying the load...

Decks: Waterproofing underdeck, silicone caulk, superdeck
Decks: Waterproofing underdeck, silicone caulk, superdeck, dow corning

Decks: Gap between swinging privacy fence gates, fence gates, finished thickness
fence gates, finished thickness, two gates: Hi Mike. It all depends on the finished thickness of the gates and what type of hinges you are using. If the hinges are somewhat adjustable, you should leave the gap at about 1/4 - 1/2 . Use one screw for each hinge and see if the two gates clear each other...

Decks: Painting Outside Porch, paint store, smooth wood
paint store, smooth wood, oil base: Sherry, I wish I had the answer you need, unfortunately I am a carpenter not a painter. I have been told to use oil base primer on clean, dry, smooth, wood. Any grit or dust will cause the paint to not stick. Once you have the primer dry you can go over...

Decks: Porch columns, porch columns, wraparound porch
porch columns, wraparound porch, cut trees: Wow!! 13 years old and still leaking. Do you live in a cold climate? If it hasn t stopped by now it never will. Problem is some wood is cut from centers of trees and some from the outside. You got some center cut trees. This is pressure treated pine your...

Decks: porch railing placement, porch railing, porch floor
porch railing, porch floor, space debris: It depends on allot of things , what is the overall height you want to achieve for the rail? How long are the spindles? Are they precut? Simple answer is 3 1/2 Inches. Thats what I use, known as a sweep space. Debris and such blows out much easier with this...

Decks: pt lumber shrinkage, building a pergola, rain proof
building a pergola, rain proof, driving nails: Hello Toni If you put a roof and ceiling on it then you can t see the rafter nails Right? But yes you are correct it will shrink. Problem is after PT dries out it becomes very hard. Driving nails becomes difficult however screws should be ok if you pre-drill...

Decks: Railing tops protection, pressure treated lumber, plastic caps
pressure treated lumber, plastic caps, water seal: Hi John. I don t know of any product that you can cover the rails with but this does not mean they are not available. My suggestion would be to simply replace with new P.T. lumber and give it a couple of good coats of a water seal. This may work out to be...

Decks: Restoring painted deck, paint, stain
paint, stain, decks: In reverse order, my answers are: What will happen if you don t have them restore it? The paint will eventually fade and wear through in high-traffic areas and you will be faced with the same choices you face today: Keep your eyes elevated when you re on...

Decks: Waterproofing underdeck, stainless steel screws, silicone caulk
stainless steel screws, silicone caulk, liability insurance policy: JD: I ve never heard of this being done, and wouldn t recommend it if the deck wasn t already built, but I can t think of a reason why it couldn t be accomplished as you indicated if you keep these caveats in mind: First, your deck boards weren t treated...

Decks: wooden deck angled rail post, framing square, outer frame
framing square, outer frame, 2x8: Hello Harold, One way to cut this board is to use a 2x12. Cut a piece 48 long. Have someone hold the board at a angle on a flat surface, say rest it up against the house. Take a framing square and a small torpedo level, hold the square 90 degrees off...

Decks: Building a deck over an exsisting concrete porch, concrete porch, old porch
concrete porch, old porch, radius edge: Amy: You didn’t say whether the concrete porch is still structurally sound, but since you DIDN T say that it ISN T I m going to assume that it is--maybe a crack here and there, but its worst flaw is that it s just ratty looking and you d much rather have...

Decks: Cedar Deck and Gazebo, cedar roof shingles, cedar shingles
cedar roof shingles, cedar shingles, cedar gazebo: Hi Vito. The deck and gazebo frame are not a major problem but the cedar shingles may well be. They are very difficult to paint when installed. Depending on how big the gazebo is, you may want to consider re-roofing it and painting the shingles before installation....

Decks: Certainteed Boardwalk Decking, cutting blade, socket head
cutting blade, socket head, sawzall: Hello Amy, I understand your situation, the best advice I could give you is to start on the outer board first and use a sawzall with a metal cutting blade, try and wedge it under the board and above the joists, cutting the screws. You will need a number...

Decks: cedar as a support beam, cedar beams, support beams
cedar beams, support beams, support beam: Hello again , no problem. If the beam is stained or sealed or both it will last a long time. Very important to take care of the support structure. Try sealing it before it is installed paying close attention to the cut areas. Cedar soaks up moisture like...

Decks: DECK, habitat humanity, lowe s
habitat humanity, lowe s, mac image: Steve: I m glad you figured out that I couldn t let you know what was going on while at the same time retaining the ability to follow behind with the answers to your questions. In case it s not obvious, I sincerely apologize for taking longer with this...

Decks: Deck attached vers Free standing, deck blocks, frost heave
deck blocks, frost heave, deck supports: Everett: I m afraid that the answer to this one is so straightforward and absolute that it doesn t even afford me an opportunity for my usual verbosity: Don t do it. The fact that your house is sitting on a rock base doesn t help unless the deck blocks...

Decks: Deck Footer Sinking, concrete footers, footer
concrete footers, footer, holes: Daniel, This is not that hard to fix, Your going to have to jack the deck up and get it level. Then put you some good temporary supports underneath. Now the fun part remove the posts and footers. If you feel the footers have stopped sinking, you might be able...

Decks: Deck painting, deck painting, water seal
deck painting, water seal, wood deck: Hi Lisa. I have never used or recommended using stain or paint on a wood deck. It will peel and flake off in time depending on environment. I have always used a premium quality water seal/preserver. However, this does not help your situation and without being...

Decks: deck blocks vs posts, deck blocks, frost heave
deck blocks, frost heave, deck supports: Gagan: Good question! Offhand I don’t think either way is substantially better or worse than the other, unless you intend to have a railing. With your deck that close to the ground no building code I know of requires one, but you might have been planning...

Decks: deck blocks, floor joists, deck blocks
floor joists, deck blocks, digging a hole: Hi Daniel. I m not quite sure what you mean. If you intend to use concrete blocks to set the floor joists of your deck, then I would suggest digging a hole about 24 x 24 x 12 deep, make forms around the holes so that they are all level with each other and...

Decks: deck footers, deck footers, side bands
deck footers, side bands, support bands: Mark, If you are going to double the support bands out of 2x10 and the side bands are single ( like joists ) then you will need 3 support posts on each end. Total 6 Might want to check with your local building code dept and see what there min. spacing is....

Decks: deck support, concrete footers, vinyl siding
concrete footers, vinyl siding, joists: Hello Aimee, You can do it both ways however it all depends on weather you are permitting the job, and having it inspected by the city/ county. It won t shake if after you frame it up attach a brace under the joists, running diagonally. If you remove the...

Decks: decks, storypole, chalk line
storypole, chalk line, spacing: I ve never had any trouble KEEPING the screws in a straight line; once I ve screwed them down in a straight line mine have always stayed that way ;) Sorry; couldn t resist the opportunity. The only method I ve seen used more than once is to use a chalk...

Decks: Fix deck that became full of splinters, splinters
splinters: Hello David, Unfortunately there is no easy way to fix this problem. The cheapest solution would be to sand the areas down until the splinters are gone. Next option replace all the old splintered boards. Sorry I can t give you a better fix, but thats just...

Decks: Fix deck that became full of splinters, bob vilas, british sense of humor
bob vilas, british sense of humor, splinters: Hi David. You are going to have to forgive me for my British sense of humor but I can t help wondering and/or imagining what you guys get up to on your deck and how many parts of your body might be exposed. Could be very painful. However, in response to your...

Decks: Building a deck over an exsisting concrete porch
Decks: Building a deck over an exsisting concrete porch

Decks: Fix deck that became full of splinters, decks, little bit
Decks: Fix deck that became full of splinters, decks, little bit

Decks: ledger board mounting, ledger board, brick house
ledger board, brick house, support posts: Hello Don, I recently went to a town in my area to obtain their regulations on deck codes. Keep in mind all towns/cities/counties are different. At the inspection dept they gave me a list of their updated requirements. They are wanting the ledger on the...

Decks: Moving a deck from one yard to the next, mid span, low deck
mid span, low deck, dollies: Hello Dave I have to say I have never had a question like this one. If you can unbolt it from the house and it is a low deck you might could roll it over with some dollies. Make 2 runways out of 1/2 plywood, use floor jacks to lower the corners onto the...

Decks: Outdoor Arbor, rough cedar, direct hit
rough cedar, direct hit, climatic conditions: Neikhila: I find it easy to imagine that--having gone through Hurricane Ike--you would be very aware of things like that; things that perhaps never even crossed your mind before. With respect to your question, you might review my answer with your local...

Decks: Outdoor deck carpet-that green stuff, stainless steel fasteners, silicone caulk
stainless steel fasteners, silicone caulk, grass carpet: It s a temptation to be crass and unsympathetic and say that the outdoor deck carpet is a good idea BECAUSE it will make your deck rot faster, hastening the day when you can tear the remains out and properly build one of treated lumber or one of the composites....

Decks: PT deck flooring in screened in porch, porch floor, snow blows
porch floor, snow blows, floor sander: Hello Nancy, Your going to have to rent a floor sander and sand down the old wood until it looks like new again. Then you can stain it or keep it clear. Use some good polyurethane and apply allot of coats. This will achieve the look your wanting. Hope this...

Decks: pressure treated lumber, pressure treated lumber, knots
pressure treated lumber, knots, landscape: Hello Patricia, Well if your talking about decking, premium is cut from a different part of the tree where the grain is curved but tighter. It will also have very few knots. Most times it is also pre coated with a UV protectant. Thompsonized As far as...

Decks: Re-staining My Deck, timber decking, water seal
timber decking, water seal, 3 years: Hi Matt. Personally, I have never used or recommended using any type of stain on timber decking. It is such a problem to re-finish and re-stain. I have always used Thompsons Water Seal or equivalent. However, in your case when you replace some of the bad...

Decks: reusing mahogany decking boards, random orbital sander, genuine mahogany
random orbital sander, genuine mahogany, expansion and contraction: Laurie: This is almost like an entirely new scenario/question from what I had in my mind previously, so let s hit the mental DEL button and start over. And begin with: This is not very close to the subject (Decks) that I claim to have any expertise...

Decks: rubber deck, rubber membrane, membrane roof
rubber membrane, membrane roof, rubber product: Hello Randy, I have never heard of such a product, however if the roof is solid enough you can still build a regular deck over a roof. The trick is getting a solid foundation to build from. In the past I have used 4x6 as beams. You can lay the beams the...

Decks: Staining & sealing, deck, stain
deck, stain, sealer: Paul: You have the distinction of being the first person to ask me a question that can be answered with one word: Yes. To a long-winded “O.F.” like me who can t say Hello in less than 100 words, a one-word answer just FEELS wrong. It feels like a...

Decks: screen porch, screen porch, vinyl siding
screen porch, vinyl siding, vertical lines: Hello Jonathan, Boy your gonna love this. Build your porch, just be sure the ridge, and maybe the ceiling is tied into the house. This way you can put the posts right up against the siding and not penetrate the siding with any lags or bolts to secure the...

Decks: sliding screen door to deck, patio screen doors, plate glass windows
patio screen doors, plate glass windows, glass storefront: Bruce: After re-reading your question I m still of the opinion that I don t know enough about the subject to give you an Expert answer, but I ve used enough trial-and-error approaches to similar situations to give you some friendly-next-door-neighbor...

Decks: vinyl lattice, vinyl lattice, lag bolts
vinyl lattice, lag bolts, privacy fence: Hello Scott, If I have you straight you want a privacy fence etc.. on your deck 72 high with vinyl lattice as the main ingredient. Right? If you have a handrail there already then remove it and install you some notched posts every 40 on center. Notch...

Decks: Wooden Privacy Fence - Green stuff on it, wooden privacy fence, wood privacy fence
wooden privacy fence, wood privacy fence, spring showers: It being the time of year when much of the nation gets spring showers; the temperatures are neither freezing nor blistering; and the fact that the side of the fence with the green is the side that s away from the ultraviolet rays of the sun all combine to...

Decks: 12' x 32' Pergola (Take a week), deck, brick veneer
deck, brick veneer, attaching & brick: JP: (If you re a father you ll understand: This past Sunday my 28-year-old son and I were able to be together for the first Father s Day since he was 4 years old. While I regret that you ve had to wait so long for your answer, I wouldn t have missed the...

Decks: Adding Roof To Existing Deck, roof supports, deck blocks
roof supports, deck blocks, deck posts: Brian: I m going to go out on a limb just a bit, and speculate that between the two of us, we ve probably forgotten more about mobile home life than most other guys will ever know: my wife and I lived (?) in a 10 x 40 mobile home (?) for seven years...

Decks: boardwalk, span chart, concrete footings
span chart, concrete footings, rule of thumb: Hi Bob. 2 x 4 will probably not work over a 7 span. The rule of thumb is that the board width inches should be close to the span feet. Therefore, a 6 span should have 6 wide lumber. 8 - 8 and so on. So a 4 x 4 will be like doubling up a 2 x 4 and...

Decks: Caulking/Sealing/Painting Pressure Treated Wood Decking, painting pressure treated wood, rainy climate
painting pressure treated wood, rainy climate, white lightning: Hello Chuck Everybody and their brother has a different opinion on the answer to your question.It really depends on the location of the deck. Not only geographically but also on the property. If you could lay your hands on a moisture meter that would help...

Decks: composite deck, stainless steel nails, tongue and groove
stainless steel nails, tongue and groove, blade height: Hello Wayne, Some composites are a tongue and groove type such as geo-dek. If your sure yours is a trex type or similar then it needs spacing. If you are handy with a skill saw ( cir. saw) you can cut grooves in the boards yourself.Once you cut the first...

Decks: crack in concrete pier, concrete pier, dear ruth
concrete pier, dear ruth, hole diggers: It s now my turn to thank you for responding with answers that were so nicely on-point. You might be amazed/appalled/or, like me, saddened to see example after example of the extent to which persons who appear to be intelligent and otherwise well-educated...

Decks: Deck joist spans, joist hangers, deck joist spans
joist hangers, deck joist spans, carriage bolts: Hello Chris, Actually that is a great and easy way to put up a deck! However, Isn t there always a however? If the deck is low enough to put a mid way support such as a 4x6 used as a beam sat on deck blocks, then shim it up until the joists are tight and...

Decks: Deck Post, story deck, wood deck
story deck, wood deck, dries: Hi Sheila. What you are seeing is quite normal. The post is most likely pressure treated and damp when installed. As it dries out, cracks will appear. Providing they do not get too wide, more than 1/4 , they should be O.K. However, if the the split looks as...

Decks: Deck Protection, deck protection, sherwin williams
deck protection, sherwin williams, thanks in advance: Hello Carole, I am not that great on paint and stain but I would recommend going to a Sherwin Williams of another store like it and get their opinion. I can also add that buying low cost products will resort in doing it again and again. Spend the extra cash...

Decks: Deck post covers, metal deck railings, southern alberta canada
metal deck railings, southern alberta canada, free covers: Hello Doug and Valerie, Your best answer is PVC You can buy it in 1/2 x 6 or 8.Rip it down on a table saw and nail it like it was wood. It might require some paint every once in a while but if put on clean it comes white already and looks great. Also it...

Decks: Dowel rod joinery, pergola, dowel
pergola, dowel: Mike: Thanks for your prompt response--and for GREATLY relieving my concern: This is no reflection on you, but you might be surprised at the number of questioners who were planning something like yours, but would have butt-jointed two 14 4x6s and secured...

Decks: decks, anchor bolts, lag bolts
anchor bolts, lag bolts, loose hope: Hi Jhon, or should it be John? I don t imagine it will have moved very far away from the wall. I think you would be O.K. to bolt it back with lag bolts, if the wall is wood or sleeve anchor bolts if concrete or brick. Once you get it back in position, check...

Decks: elevated deck support posts, lag bolts, support posts
lag bolts, support posts, 6x6: Hello Troy I assume you are speaking about 6x6? If so it is normal for them to dry up and split. There is really no fix for it other than replacing. If the splits are not around allot of knots you should be ok. Knots make the weakest links in any wood.If...

Decks: exterior LVL's?, finishing a basement, azek
finishing a basement, azek, service job: Hello Eric, Wow I love projects like yours, wish I could see the plans.The only reason you would use LVLs would be to span a long distance without any center supports. Is this addition over a driveway? Or other area where you can t use posts in the center?...

Decks: 12' x 32' Pergola (Take a week), droll humor, new question
Decks: 12' x 32' Pergola (Take a week), droll humor, new question, lettering

Decks: Adding Roof To Existing Deck, wind storms, small potatoes
Decks: Adding Roof To Existing Deck, wind storms, small potatoes, fence posts

Decks: Deck joist spans, beam down, fastener
Decks: Deck joist spans, beam down, fastener, piers

Decks: underframe for deck walkway 16' x 4', sheet metal screws, stainless steel staples
Decks: underframe for deck walkway 16' x 4', sheet metal screws, stainless steel staples, stainless steel cable

Decks: Gazebo plans, rough plans, gazebo plans
rough plans, gazebo plans, octagon: Hello Josh , I just drew it up on graph scale paper 1/4 = 1 ft. And the way I see it if you cut equal parts 22 degrees at 48 long to long you will get real close to ten ft. Get you some 1/4 scale paper and use a 1/4 drafting ruler. See if I m right...

Decks: Lattice under deck, kennel panels, wood deck
kennel panels, wood deck, lattice: Hello Curtis, You must have a beam holding up the deck on one end. Without seeing the deck It s hard to tell you how to do it. One way is to add posts along the perimeter below the outside bands. They don t have to be posts they can be 2x4. Build your frame...

Decks: Moving a deck, deck blocks, good enough reason
deck blocks, good enough reason, volunteer basis: Amy: It s so delightfully refreshing to find someone who can appreciate--or at least recognize--my dry (some say warped and perverted ) sense of humor! But I guess it s time to get down to serious business. Based on the information provided I definitely...

Decks: misting fans for outdoor decks, Misting fans, mist
Misting fans, mist, cooling mist: Freddi: This is such a coincidence it’s giving me goosebumps. No, I don t know very much about misting FANS for decks, but since the project I was otherwise going to be working on today was to install--are you ready for this?--a fan-driven misting...

Decks: Pergola Design, design question, lumberyards
design question, lumberyards, question thanks: It will be hard to locate 20 footers but most lumberyards can get them or might have some available. Here in the south we can get 20 2x10 but PT 20 2x8s might be another story. That being said maybe you should go with 2x10. Or you could get 2x10 and rip...

Decks: Sandstone Sealing stains, wood sealer, professional hardware
wood sealer, professional hardware, dark rings: Hello David I really try to help people on this site , look at my ratings compared to all the other deck guys, but man!! I really don t know that much about stone work. I m a carpenter. My best advise would be to seek advise from a yard that sells this...

Decks: STAIRS, framing square, lower deck
framing square, lower deck, deck level: Hello Normally the lower deck is built a little larger in the stair area so the steps sit on the decking and get nailed to the decking on the sides. Or you can nail them from underneath. If your deck doesn t extend far enough to receive the steps you will...

Decks: span 20 feet for roof of deck, deck roof, inbetween
deck roof, inbetween, rafters: Hello Michael, As far as spanning 20 on rafters you can do it if you use 2x10. Also if you don t expect any snow. Most roofs require roof bracing, without bracing they get bouncy. A 20 beam use the 2x12s but get #1 material or #2 without any knots. put...

Decks: staining decks, paint thinners, staining decks
paint thinners, staining decks, dampness: Hi Sharon. The only two things you can do. One is to demolish the entire deck and start over. The other is to use throw away booties for you and Fido............I do, however, wonder why your dog would walk on his/her feet and you walk on your hands. Just...

Decks: support, psf, boozer
psf, boozer, chastity: Hello Chastity, Well certain beams such as lvl s and boozer lam beams even steel has a rating for what it can carry. When you have a deck for instance and you plan on putting weight / people etc.. on it, it carries a live load. 161 means you can load 161...

Decks: underframe for deck walkway 16' x 4', flood plain, wood sticks
flood plain, wood sticks, best bet: Good to hear from you again, Norm. Putting the 2x4 in a trench on edge with the re-bar drove through pre-drilled holes would be your best bet. However, most 2x4 is not rated ground contact. Warping would be minimal this way but the board might rot out over...

Decks: Vinyl decking is leaking, epoxy sealer, vinyl decking
epoxy sealer, vinyl decking, decking materials: Terry, Honestly I have never used that product. I recommend to my customers traditional decking materials, then install a undercover system.I know this is of no use to you but the reason I mention it is I don t know much about vinyl decking. I don t think...

Decks: Balcony, answer homework questions, e mail address
answer homework questions, e mail address, homework answer: Hello Randy, The reason I put this as a homework question was because it would be a very long and difficult answer to try and write out. If you want to you can send this question to my e-mail cccinc2009@gmail.com and that way I can draw you out some plans...

Decks: Deck Post Heave, concrete reinforcing steel, concrete column
concrete reinforcing steel, concrete column, corrugated cardboard: Dave: I m glad you concur with my suggestion. I may be wrong, but at least I have company! And I feel a bit more sure about the recommendations in this answer than the ones in the last as I was writing it: Laying the Styrofoam on top of the gravel...

Decks: Deck Refinishing, ring shank nails, pressure treated lumber
ring shank nails, pressure treated lumber, drying in the sun: Hello Troy, Pressure treated lumber when purchased is usually very wet and through the drying process it does what wood does, whatever it wants to do! I ve seen hand picked beautiful straight decking boards applied to the top of a rail as a cap and 6 weeks...

Decks: Deck Refinishing, phil spencer, paint stores
phil spencer, paint stores, color stain: Hi again Troy. I suppose it is a possibility that the ants could be nesting in, or chewing up, the boards. I would suggest taking one of the bad ones up and poking around the underside to see if there are any rotten areas. Only other action would seem to be...

Decks: deck building - floatin deck with blocks, cement pad, homework question
cement pad, homework question, deck blocks: Hi Kate. Not wishing to appear rude or dis-interested, I believe this is a homework question as there are millions of web sites out there which have free plans, material lists and installation instructions. It would be much easier for you to research a plan...

Decks: deck foundations, concrete pilings, level decks
concrete pilings, level decks, deck blocks: Hello John I have seen something similar at Home Depot but only issue I have with them are getting them in the proper location. Once they are installed the only way to Tweek the ones I seen is with a sledge hammer. That disrupts the hold it has. Why not...

Decks: deck framing, butt joints, chevron pattern
butt joints, chevron pattern, deck boards: Jay! We install decks with Chevron pattern all the time, reason we do it is so we don t have butt joints! Find the center of your deck and add a couple joists together, now from this point make whatever length work. Most the time you use 16 unless it is...

Decks: deck problem, osb plywood, silent floor
osb plywood, silent floor, composite deck: A drive pin anchor works like this, first you drill a hole through the band and then into the wall the length of the bolt, usually 4-4 1/2 . You then insert the bolt into the hole and attach washer and nut, drive the bolt in until you have enough thread to...

Decks: deck repair, simpson strong ties, shingle roof
simpson strong ties, shingle roof, metal brackets: Anthony: Theoretically that makes sense; I m not enough of an EXPERT to categorically state that your friend is wrong. It would depend a great deal on which side of the house the deck is located: Are there lots of trees around? Their seemingly constant...

Decks: deck repair, deck repair, joists
deck repair, joists, good chance: Hi Anthony. I think you are going to have to remove all the old deck and replace. If you run new boards over the existing ones, you stand a good chance that the ones underneath will have some serious rot over time as any water trapped between the two layers...

Decks: deck repair, deck repair, 17 years
deck repair, 17 years, bad news: Hello Anthony, Bad news, You have to remove the old boards, They will continue to deteriorate and then the new boards will be up and down , plus the nails will keep coming up, or screws. I know it means more work, but you want your investment to last another...

Decks: Elevated Deck timber and bolt question, playhouse kit, lag bolts
playhouse kit, lag bolts, hurricane ties: Ray, Why not set a level line all the way around the posts and notch the posts to accept the bands. That way you have a very secure structure rather than everything resting on the tinsel strength of a few lag bolts? Notch the posts 1 deep and let the excess...

Decks: ha ve I made a mistake?, mahogany, walkway
mahogany, walkway, carpenters: Hi Russ. As I am not used to working with mahogany I can only suggest a wait and see attitude. You are right in assuming it may well shrink after a while as most woods do but I think, as mahogany is a very hard wood, it may not expand or contract over time....

Decks: Narrow porch, porch ceiling, decent suggestions
porch ceiling, decent suggestions, profile metal: Hello Jennifer, looks like definitely trimming the high bushes would help, might try changing out the columns for smaller ones, maybe even change the rail to a thinner profile metal railing. Last try a different color on the porch ceiling, say a pale blue...

Decks: octagon deck with steps, graph paper, 2 steps
graph paper, 2 steps, string line: Hello Kathy, Try using a string line and project the lines of intersect on those sections, keep swinging them left or right until you get equal lengths. Also sometimes your step treads are different widths and that can throw you off. Also try to draw it...

Decks: Pine deck leeching sap, water sealant, pressure treated lumber
water sealant, pressure treated lumber, deck pressure: Hello Suzette, I get this question allot, The best answer is to replace the wood. When timber is cut and lumber is made from the center of the tree you will get veins of cold sap that won t appear until the lumber heats up and it starts to run or surface....

Decks: Power washing?, power washing, water
power washing, water, pressure: Yes. If you hired someone who was in the business she could do all three things because she d know about the different pressures, detergents, etc. that the three types of washing you mentioned might need. That s not to say, however, that it would be wise...

Decks: Proper sized timber and lag bolts for elevated deck, Deck hardware, carriage bolts
Deck hardware, carriage bolts, lag screws: Hi Ray! Looks like you ve been doing your homework, and for your diligence you re congratulated. The type and sizing of mounting hardware (lag screws, carriage bolts, hex-head bolts, etc.) is probably the area of deck building where there is the greatest...

Decks: preventing sway on a screened porch, ledger board, ridge beam
ledger board, ridge beam, floor deck: Hello Steve, When you framed up the outside wall you should of used a 2x4 as a temp. brace to hold the outside wall plumb. Leave this brace installed throughout the process and you will have no shake. Add your sills and cornice, roofing and whatever ceiling...

Decks: Rotting supports for patio shade cover, patio shade, bottom portion
patio shade, bottom portion, water damage: Hello Lynda, It is possible but I don t recommend it. You will have to temporary support the structure then cut the bad section out with a saw-zall. Add the new piece and nail real good, you can then maybe ad some 1x8 trim at the post base to hide the cut...

Decks: Severe deck stain, Trex, composite lumber cleaning
Trex, composite lumber cleaning, deck cleaning: Hi Lisa! Here s what you should do: Tell the seller you re concerned about the TREX being permanently marred (which is true, right?) and that the cost of cleaning it could make it cost more than the new stuff (well...it COULD--if you had a cleaning service...

Decks: simple() deck roof., deck roof, typical reasons
deck roof, typical reasons, neurological condition: Ruth: By the time you get done with this you’ll likely know more about “roof pitch” than you wanted to.... Truth be told, you re not supposed to know how to pitch a roof . You re a woman--or, with a name like Ruth, a VERY strange man--and ever since...

Decks: Waterproof Posts, automatic sprinklers, insect infestation
automatic sprinklers, insect infestation, drive pin: Hello Gene, If you are sure it is rot and not a insect infestation. Use 2 2x4s nailed together as a T and temporary them under the supports where the suspect 4x4s are. Now if possible remove the 4x4, if not do this: use a simpson 4x4 elevated post base next...

Decks: How much weight can my deck support?, support posts, substantial size
support posts, substantial size, back deck: Hello Nicki, I can t tell you a formula, but I can tell you how I would want a deck built if I knew the customer was just like you,the way you use your deck I mean. 34 long and 12 out. if the support posts are on the outside bands you need to be using #2...

Decks: windy decks, slow person, hurricane force
slow person, hurricane force, dry snow: You may absolutely call on me, as many times as necessary. This might be a good point to recapitulate where we are, just so we won’t find ourselves investigating some angle to an alternative that’s already been rejected. Correct me if I’m wrong, but what...

Decks: black spots on new cedar deck, cedar deck, tannic acid
cedar deck, tannic acid, iron oxide: Michael: This is out of the (very small) area of my expertise (the construction of decks), but if you ll give me a day or so I ll send an SOS out to the related-fields experts who have bailed me out in the past & we ll see what info we can come up with....

Decks: CERTAIN TEED BOARDWALK DECKING, strange coincidence, sr community
strange coincidence, sr community, aztek: Hello Jan, I think the material you may be referring to is Aztek. It is a composite type/ plastic. I have used similar products for flooring but never aztek. Most of the time Aztek is used as a trim board. Anyhow I could be wrong but it seems like a strange...

Decks: Creaking Deck, stainless steel deck screws, floor joists
stainless steel deck screws, floor joists, home improvement store: Hi again Bela. I guess my #2 above is the culprit. Finish nails have very little gripping power as the heads are way too small. My only suggestion is for you to screw the boards down with stainless steel deck screws available from any good home improvement...

Decks: Deck Railing, deck railing, dries
deck railing, dries, longevity: I mostly use pressure treated pine. It looks great but when it dries out sometimes it gets crazy and bends, twists, warps. Cedar is good but won t last long enough unless it is really taken care of. If your budget is low use P.T. If you want to invest in longevity,...

Decks: Deck Railing, deck railing, summer climate
deck railing, summer climate, azek: Hello Anne, Pressure treated with the black Dekorator s balusters seem to look modern. I will attach a photo, Also have you considered Trex railings? not the standard trex, I use trex posts, trex upper and lower sections, then cut a relief groove in both and...

Decks: Deck Sealing, pressure treated lumber, planks
pressure treated lumber, planks, summer sun: Hello Jamie, I would use a sealer with a slight tint. A clear sealer will be just that clear, it will still darken the wood some, not much, but a slight tinted sealer works very well. And also stain or sealer they both require maintenance. Especially in the...

Decks: deck attached to house, post hole digger, gas powered post hole digger
post hole digger, gas powered post hole digger, powered post hole digger: Hello Brandon, Since I have only built decks etc.. in the south. Specifically Ga. I might not be the best person to ask, however that being said it is almost always better to go a little beyond what you think is sufficient and have something really last than...

Decks: deck blocks, frost heave, deck blocks
frost heave, deck blocks, post haste: Well, Vince, I do truly hate to tell you this--and I would urge you to get a second opinion by asking one of the other experts the same question--but it is NEVER a good idea to mix deck blocks with posts-in-concrete, ESPECIALLY if the deck is attached to...

Decks: deck support, attaching part, wood support beams, galvanized pipes
wood support beams, galvanized pipes, exact measurements: Hello Pete, I believe your best bet would be taking the exact measurements for what you need and going to a weld/machine shop and have them custom made. You could also have a flat plate welded onto the top with some small holes drilled in it for screws etc,...

Decks: decks, honest politician, pressure treated wood
honest politician, pressure treated wood, man on the moon: Kate: In many ways my answer would be the same if the question was Is there such a thing as an honest politician? Or a leprechaun? Or a low-income Republican? In all those cases it could be said--and with little difficulty--that theoretically there...

Decks: Fence Top Trimming, fence boards, electric saws
fence boards, electric saws, wooden fences: Hi again Jeff. Yes I meant a circular saw. An 18 volt battery operated one would do it but you may have to keep changing batteries as the fence boards may still be damp if they are pressure treated. There are many light weight electric saws on the market with...

Decks: black spots on new cedar deck, cedar deck, water marks
Decks: black spots on new cedar deck, cedar deck, water marks, light rain

Decks: Ipe Deck and black stains
Decks: Ipe Deck and black stains

Decks: gazebo, frost heave, cement floor
frost heave, cement floor, level thanks: Manuel, I think the frost heave would be way too deep to escape without costing a fortune in concrete. And if you pour on top of the ground it will rip itself apart. Might could build a wooden or steel frame and then pour concrete on that. Might reconsider...

Decks: Ipe Deck and black stains, plant pots, storage containers
plant pots, storage containers, mild soap: If the stain has penetrated the wood then no. The decking was probably not sealed often enough or correctly and that is whats causing the stains. A good protective finish should allow stains such as that to be washed off. Try a power washer first with a mild...

Decks: ledger flashing with chevron deck instalation, ledger board, deck boards
ledger board, deck boards, degree angle: Hello Michael, Allot of county s in my area are changing there codes just for that reason, I know it may be to late for you now but they are requiring flashing be installed under the siding and behind the band, not at a 90 degree angle like most have been...

Decks: old deck, yolanda, 11 years
yolanda, 11 years, 6 years: Hi Yolanda. Without being able to see your deck it is difficult to come up with a solution. Here is a web site that should help you to spruce up the deck if it is not too far gone. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,602946,00.html Hope this helps...

Decks: Pergola, ring shank nails, joist hanger
ring shank nails, joist hanger, cloth material: Make the longest span receive the saddle cuts. The other beams will have to be nailed with good ring shank nails and might think about using a joist hanger if your going to paint it, otherwise hangers look ugly. I assume your referring to the rafters? use...

Decks: Pergola, cloth material, simpson strong tie
cloth material, simpson strong tie, purlins: Jethro: Good news! (Probably). First, let s get some terminology out of the way, just to make sure that we re both talking about the same thing. Your 4 x 4s are definitely POSTS, all right. No question about that! Next, the biggest structural piece...

Decks: Refinishing Deck, wood planks, deck railing
wood planks, deck railing, deck surface: Hi, Michael! This question is so similar to one I was asked about a month ago I m going to refer you to that one (it s from Anthony ; the date is July 20) for the basic information, and add this update: As you will read, I felt that the idea seemed...

Decks: Reusing Deck Footers and posts, deck footers, couple bags
deck footers, couple bags, contracter: Hello Russell, It can be done if the footers are adequate for the weight being distributed. If you could dig a small trench next to one and see if it is deep enough it might be ok. The posts also need to be looked at carefully. Why not dig them up and pour...

Decks: Sticky film on deck and porch, furniture cushions, sticky film
furniture cushions, sticky film, deck table: Hi Nat. Without being able to physically check out your problem, it is difficult to come up with a reason. However, as you did not mention whether it had recently been stained/restained, it could be too much. (this article may help: http://alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/deckapplication.html...

Decks: staining a new deck, deck sealers, deck extension
deck sealers, deck extension, vertical surfaces: Hi Patricia. Here is part of an article in Lowes deck preserving advice. There are four main options for deck sealers: clear, wood-toned, semitransparent and solid/opaque. As a general rule, wood that is older and more weathered requires a more opaque stain...

Decks: waterproofing wood deck, waterproofing wood, mobile home question
waterproofing wood, mobile home question, water sealant: Hi Brian! (Before we start: If you re the Brian who wrote me a couple of months ago regarding a mobile home question, please send me a follow-up question; I have additional information for you.) For today s question, here s what I consider to be...

Decks: 45 degree angle decks, quarter boards, deck screws
quarter boards, deck screws, five quarter: Hi Teri. An interesting question. As the joists are 24 on center, running the boards at a 45 degree angle would make the supporting members approx. 31 span. Whether that would let the five quarter boards sag when stepped on would be an issue. The best way...

Decks: Attaching Beams to Hollow Round Columns, pressure treated plywood, router bit
pressure treated plywood, router bit, o gee: Hello Marc, I built a exact replica of what you are describing about 5 years ago for a client named Tom Cruise, ( Not the actor ) funny though, anyway, what we did was take a pressure treated 2x12 and ran a O-gee router bit around the edge to fancy it up...

Decks: Cedar Tongue & Groove, tongue and groove cedar, tongue and groove
tongue and groove cedar, tongue and groove, water absorption: Hello Karen, First let me start by saying While I love Cedar, the way it looks wet and the way it smells , fresh cut, it has allot of drawbacks. Having been in this decking business for some time now we do allot of total demolitions and rebuilds. After hundreds...

Decks: circular saws, saw kerf, circular saws
saw kerf, circular saws, railroad ties: I m having to make some assumptions here, based on my limited exposure to railroad ties, which have always been at least 4 x 6 or greater; while it usually takes a 12 circular saw to cut deeper than 2 . So from this it sounds like you re typically cutting...

Decks: concrete deck, pressure treated plywood, butt joints
pressure treated plywood, butt joints, rubber roofing: Hi Sue. If whatever you put down gets wet, then you may have a mold problem with anything else. If the deck is not a high traffic area, what about using roll roofing material? It could be pressure washed to keep clean. Only problem is that the granules will...

Decks: Deck lally column placement, foot deck, support beam
foot deck, support beam, shaker style: Hello Pietro, Are you suggesting that you would use a Shaker style support beam with a 2 3 cantilever? If so then Yes that would be ok. First though you need to inspect the footers for there size and depth. Take a 24 piece of 3/4 re-bar and drive it...

Decks: Deck Railings, deck railings, cost effective system
deck railings, cost effective system, railing system: Hello Mike, there really isn t a cost effective system when it is composite. I like the composite decking then use treated 4x4s and railings with a composite top piece. For balusters use Dekorators from Lowes or you can cut your own copper 5/8 pickets and...

Decks: deck sonotubels, sincere apologies, green arrow
sincere apologies, green arrow, red arrow: Dear Maylene: My humble and sincere apologies for whatever degree of culpability I bear in causing you to wait--quite patiently, as far as I can tell--for so long. You deserve better; I ll try to give first-class service from here on. I DID respond...

Decks: 45 degree angle decks
Decks: 45 degree angle decks

Decks: galvanized screws, galvanized screws, long long time
galvanized screws, long long time, rust: Hello Alan , So many different companies make these screws that I am sure some may cut corners and end up with a inferior screw. Try using only American made screws, I have seen where some have failed and or rusted do to inadequate coating, but for the most...

Decks: gazebo, grey stone, gallon bucket
grey stone, gallon bucket, preservative: Hello Elizabeth, I really don t have a product that I always recommend. I am mainly a carpenter and not a painter. However I get this question all the time and what I always tell people is if you see a 5 gallon bucket of preservative for $89.00 next to another...

Decks: Should I do anything about my new deck built in this May?, dry spring, spring days
dry spring, spring days, pressure treated wood: Hello Olivia, Everybody has a different opinion about this subject. I would say considering where you live to wait until spring. After a few dry spring days, If there are any, re-inspect the deck for dry twist. Some pressure treated wood will dry out and go...

Decks: PVC vs. wood for a porch, wood tongue and groove, tongue and groove
wood tongue and groove, tongue and groove, earth tone: Hello Mike, While both have there unique qualities, If money is no object then go with the PVC. The wood will have a more natural look especially with a older house. Pvc is so modern . Might also look into some composites with a earth tone color. Of course...

Decks: professional deck moving, friendly neighbors, new pool
friendly neighbors, new pool, concrete pads: Hey Tennille! This question is WAY above anything I m qualified to answer as an Expert but I promised in my Profile I d try to not leave folks with questions just hanging there, so I ll share some thoughts with you--if you ll consider this to be conversation...

Decks: Regarding foundation work, granite stones, cement construction
granite stones, cement construction, matter what kind: Hello, You say cement then refer to mud I assume you still mean cement when you say mud, so if it is a question of the type of sand used in the cement construction or using cement verses no cement. I say the best foundation would be with cement no matter what...

Decks: Screened in porch, screen porches, removable screens
screen porches, removable screens, taking your time: Hello Angela, The screen porches I build have removable screens, I assume yours can t be removed? Another option is to cut a piece of cardboard the size of the opening and tape it in place to avoid splashover. Other than that I don t know, just have to mask...

Decks: Sealing treated deck structure, latex paint, doug fir
latex paint, doug fir, deck structure: Some people like to paint the underside when it is above and in sight, however I feel it is not necessary. Treated lumber that doesn t hold water and allowed to dry will last forever. Or at lest a very long time. Now the rails and decking need treatment due...

Decks: splicing a long deck beam span, mid span, shaker style
mid span, shaker style, deck plan: Hello John, sounds to me like you got a real good support structure. If you break the joint of the beam on a post I can t see why it can t be anywhere you want it to be, especially if you bolt the beam to the posts. My only recommendation is that you notch...

Decks: when to stain, sealing treated lumber, treated lumber--when to seal
sealing treated lumber, treated lumber--when to seal, wood protection: Hi, Peggy! Thanks for asking a question I’m actually confident of my answer to, without having to research the subject first. In reverse order, the answer is: Wait until spring to use Thompson s Water Seal. Every source I ve ever seen recommends waiting...

Decks: staining a deck, staining a deck, gray stain
staining a deck, gray stain, paint stores: Hi Patricia. I think you would have to strip the old stain off the deck to fix the problem. Deck stripper is available for about $20 a gallon at home centers, hardware stores and paint stores. Rinse off the stripper with a pressure washer, keeping the pressure...

Decks: Trex deck flaking, butt joints, lp siding
butt joints, lp siding, class action lawsuit: Hello This sounds allot like the situation we had in the southern US about 10 years ago with Louisiana Pacific OSB siding. It was involved in a suit as well and due to the large amounts of claims verses company assets/court findings, most people that were...

Decks: Trex deck vs porcelain tile-2nd story, porcelain tiles, porcelain tile
porcelain tiles, porcelain tile, composite decks: Hello, I see what you mean you Have ran the joists so that you can use short decking 90 degrees off the house. It might be possible to still use the drysnap by adding some 1x4s on 24 centers under the joists. You will have to add another 2x8 as a stop and...

Decks: Waterproofing a decks support beams, framing lumber, support beams
framing lumber, support beams, cedar decking: Hello Mark, If the support system is cedar then yes, most definitely it wouldn t hurt. Most pressure treated framing lumber doesn t need it. It will last a long time anyhow.But cedar is such a soft wood if not taken care of it does not last very long. Hope...

Decks: Building a Pergola on top of Pavers, building a pergola, anyones feelings
building a pergola, anyones feelings, windy location: Hello Stephanie, Not to hurt anyones feelings but why not remove the pavers? Are they cemented in? Most only have sand around them. If you could lift up a couple in the appropriate spots holes could be dug with post hole diggers rather easily. If you sink...

Decks: DRILLS, drill hammer, hammer drill
drill hammer, hammer drill, impact drill: Hello Lee 1) driver is a normal drill used in running in screws has variable speeds, can also drill holes 2) Impact has a more powerful motor that slaps at the shaft allowing for very strong tight bolts 3) hammer has a device that moves the shaft up and...

Decks: Loose-laid brick patio, crusher run, brick patio
crusher run, brick patio, water drainage: No problem Alfonso, It pays to do research so you do it right. I would assume it would be easier to create the slope during the grading phase of the crusher run. you don t need that much slope, the sand will drain, it won t hold water for long at all. If you...

Decks: Outdoor Deck Carpeting, carpet glue, carpet expert
carpet glue, carpet expert, patchy areas: Hello Rebecca, I m no carpet expert but it definitely sounds like a mildew issue. What was the carpet laid over? Pressure treated decking or plywood? Reason I m asking is the carpet has to be allowed drainage. If it can dry in a adequate amount of time the...

Decks: Patio Furniture covers?, patio furniture covers, lawn furniture
patio furniture covers, lawn furniture, advice giver: Hello Mike, Yea your right I might not be the best advice giver on that one, however the problem is that to make fabrics waterproof you have to change their structure by adding plastic/ vinyl/ etc.. to repel water. That type of material gets weak when in Ultraviolet...

Decks: Pergola, cedar decks, pressure treated lumber
cedar decks, pressure treated lumber, cedar deck: Hi Alfonso. I ll try and give you three alternatives: 1. Pressure treated lumber should be treated with a premium brand of water repellent like Thompsons and pressure washed and re-treated perhaps once a year depending on the environment. 2. Cedar is going...

Decks: Pergola, porous wood, paint store
porous wood, paint store, home depot: Thanks for the compliment, since this site is free and I receive no compensation all I can expect is a stroke of the Ole Ego...and this site does provide that for me, I don t mind helping others. Sometimes though trying to explain a certain situation in words...

Decks: pergola, metal roofing, gazebo style
metal roofing, gazebo style, fiberglass panels: Hello, yea I ve had some customers who were not fond of the rain noise, so I understand what you mean.I would then add a gazebo style roof if possible. A four sided hip with a Pagoda opening at the top with it s own little roof. This way your not ruining...

Decks: Deck Foundation, tapcons, mounting brackets
tapcons, mounting brackets, concrete patio: Hi, Michael! In my opinion you ll have no problem building the deck with 4 x 4s as proposed; using 6 x 6s would just be overkill. And assuming that 4x4 mounting brackets refers to something like the ones made by Simpson Strong Tie, that not only...

Decks: Deck Settling due to weight of composite?, infected wound, deck structure
infected wound, deck structure, settlement issues: Hello Matthew, Personally I have never seen a deck settle due to trex added weight. Although the material is allot heavier than normal wood decking a deck should hold it up if it is supported correctly. If you paid someone to re-level your deck then if they...

Decks: hidden fasteners vs screws, stainless steel screws, hidden fasteners
Decks: hidden fasteners vs screws, stainless steel screws, hidden fasteners, jenny

Decks: IPE Deck, rain, weather
Decks: IPE Deck, rain, weather

Decks: Roofing, proper ventilation, ample size
Decks: Roofing, proper ventilation, ample size, rule of thumb

Decks: screws vs under hidden fasteners, hidden fasteners, old face
Decks: screws vs under hidden fasteners, hidden fasteners, old face, fastener

Decks: hidden fasteners vs screws, composite deck fasteners, hidden fasteners
composite deck fasteners, hidden fasteners, deck screw alternatives: Hi, Bill! (Please forgive any misspellings; I ve misplaced my glasses....) If I were building the deck I d go with using screws. Both will fasten the deck boards equally securely, and there s several How to videos on U-Tube that show how to sink the...

Decks: hideen fasteners vs screws, hidden fasteners, composite deck
hidden fasteners, composite deck, screws: Hi Bill. In my humble opinion, hidden fasteners are the way to go. Providing they are at least galvanized. Stainless steel is better. Using screws, which would have to be stainless steel, only leave indentations for dirt to collect. Hope this helps...

Decks: IPE Deck, decks, IPE
decks, IPE, stains: Tough to say without knowing why the deck didn t come out as well as it should of. The rain may have played a role but I m not sure. Did you wipe the excess oil off of the deck with lint-free rags within 20 minutes of applying? This is the key when treating...

Decks: pier, ring shank nails, galvanized screws
ring shank nails, galvanized screws, galvanized nails: Since you plan on replacing the deck with new material down the road I would use screws for the decking. Get #2 square slotted ACQ approved galvanized screws 2 1/2 . As far as the framing goes I would use 3 galvanized ring shank nails. They will last a long...

Decks: Roofing, flashing a roof; roof leaks; Z-bar
flashing a roof; roof leaks; Z-bar: Hi Paul! Stopping water leaks is one of the toughest problems to deal with; for sure you re going to have to install flashing. I d go to one of the big box stores (such as the one with LOWE prices) and in the structural lumber & roofing area ask about...

Decks: screws vs under hidden fasteners, hidden fasteners, plastic fasteners
hidden fasteners, plastic fasteners, screw gun: Hello Bill, If you are having a pro build it see what the price difference is from a labor and material standpoint. I say material because some hidden systems are expensive. Trex for example there hidden system that they use has slotted decking with plastic...

Decks: building a porch, Deck ledger flashing decking
Deck ledger flashing decking: I would use Treated Lumber, and attach it with the proper lags and deck to wall spacers. The deck surface could be treated lumber to save money or you could use some sort on composite lumber.For more information on decks and porches go to www.inspectapedia.com...

Decks: footers, footing, rebar
footing, rebar, concrete reinforcement: Hi Phillip (& boss)! Interesting disagreement; with my respects to both of you, I see some likely problem areas in both approaches; just different ones. (As an aside that nevertheless has a direct bearing on this question: The greatest frustration I...

Decks: patio columns, porch columns, metal columns
porch columns, metal columns, wrap-around non-wood columns: Hello, Albert: It is within the realm of the POSSIBLE that I may have the information you re looking for, although the metal is a bit problematic: The price of scrap metal--including aluminum--has gone through the ceiling. BUT, if metal is a shorthand...

Decks: Trex Deck Sucks, point thanks, free deck
point thanks, free deck, law suit: Hello Dan, Since you missed out on the class action and trex won t respond I m not sure, have you thought about speaking to a lawyer? If the material is past warranty the only thing to do is replace it. I have heard about this problem and it seems it was mainly...

Decks: Carpet on a deck, outdoor carpeting, pressure treated lumber
outdoor carpeting, pressure treated lumber, outdoor carpet: Hello Edward, I don t see why not, but I believe that outdoor carpet is designed to not mold or hold water for very long. I would follow the manufacturers directions. Also If the lumber is PT it would be a long time before it would rot unless it was really...

Decks: Deck settling, shims, camper
shims, camper, cement: Hello Randy, Your going to have to put temporary supports on both sides of each corner. Do one at a time.After you have it braced off cut the old post at the bottom and top and remove it completely. Use a jack if possible and raise the deck until it is correct...

Decks: Florida Deck, no screws, florida climate
no screws, florida climate, maintance: Hello, Yes in the Florida climate using Pressure treated would require sealing and staining every year.I personally prefer the wood to the others because I m a carpenter at heart. But being sensible about the climate in your area it would be better to use...

Decks: Pergola finish, wood protector, last rain
wood protector, last rain, brick patio: Hello again, Definitely wait for the lumber to dry. Ask the person at the store if they have a recommendation on the moisture content rating of the material. If you can get a moisture meter it will read the moisture and display in numbers 1- 10. 10 being the...

Decks: My paver patio, crushed shells, paver patio
crushed shells, paver patio, sand layer: Hello Again, I think I have used the 57 before the number is in reference to the size of the base etc.. or something. But can t help you on the crushed shells. Never used it before. I would say if the guy is in the business and he recommends it then you should...

Decks: Stucco, abundance of rain, pvc material
abundance of rain, pvc material, moisture retention: Hello Peri any time moisture is held it is a mold issue waiting to happen. Either mold or mildew or sometimes a green fungus will grow.You need a home with a overhang or it will always be a problem unless everything is composite or a pvc material. Allot of...

Decks: WOOD DECK, stainless steel screws, ledger board
stainless steel screws, ledger board, deck boards: Hi Tom. What I usually do is make the outside frame to the measurements I want. In you case, it might be better to make it in two sections. Then lay it on the ground exactly where you want it. Measure across diagonally from corner to corner and kick the frame...

Decks: beam load on pergola attached to house, pergola arbor, decorative purposes
pergola arbor, decorative purposes, beam size: Hello Rex, Your thinking is right, depending on the length of the beam a 2x10 would span safely without worries of sag about 11-12 ft. You shouldn t need a center support unless your span is allot. You could bump up to 2x12 and span even further. Hope this...

Decks: building a deck, concrete slab, transit level
concrete slab, transit level, level deck: Hello Anthony, well that is a broad question, but this might help. When I have a ground level deck to build I put sleepers in the ground.I use 6x6 as the sleepers. This allows you to have something to nail the joists to. Most important thing though is to get...

Decks: Deck posts / footings - florida, concrete slab, shingle roof
concrete slab, shingle roof, deck posts: Hello Michael, The way I do it , and I m in Ga. is I dig a hole about 12 deep or until I hit hard dirt, not fill. Break a cap block in half and place the block in the hole where the bottom is flat and level. Then tamp it down a little.Set your post on that...

Decks: Deck stain/sealing, deck, SIkkens
deck, SIkkens, Penofin: I have seen Minwax used outside and it is not a pretty site down the road. A penetrating oil-based translucent sealer will nurture and protect your newly cleaned deck while allowing the newly found grain to show through. Good choices would be Sikkens SRD or...

Decks: Deck Weight Ability, spring storms, roofing material
spring storms, roofing material, deck weight: Dear Jennifer, Those canopies are infamous for both collapsing under snow and blowing away! I ve tried to salvage those without much luck. One blew away twice. The last time, we had a female dog with pups under it, and some of the pups were lost in the...

Decks: Outdoor deck in Wisconsin, decay organisms, cedar tongue and groove
decay organisms, cedar tongue and groove, spruce needles: I think the treated lumber beneath would be good support and provide some measure of rot resistance to the cedar. But air is better than contact with treated wood because air would allow the boards to dry out completely from below. Cedar does not rot when...

Decks: Picking a deck color, deck color, deck refinish
deck color, deck refinish: It all depends on what time of translucency you are going with in the sealer. If it is a non-wood deck, you may be going with a solid finish so it is purely a color preference to you. If natural wood is not part of the issue, then color is simply cosmetic...

Decks: painting my older deck, decking stain, exterior paint
decking stain, exterior paint, color stain: Paint is not a good idea. Go with a solid (not translucent) decking stain like one from Cabot that can be shaded to almost any color. It will last as long as paint but is made to better protect the wood. Make sure you strip what is on there now and properly...

Decks: staining yellawood, last rain, paint store
last rain, paint store, home depot: Hello Patrick, You should be able to apply a sealant within a few weeks, the weather in Fla. will dry out the wood very quickly. Wait about 3 weeks and then wait a few days after the last rain. Also I recommend using a high quality sealer with a tint added...

Decks: One-year old deck, putty knife, horizontal surfaces
putty knife, horizontal surfaces, mineral spirits: Hello Jeff, So you are saying that the decking and rail tops are composite, and everything else is pressure treated? Correct? And you have this black stuff on the wood? Sounds like road dust etc.. sticking to the sap thats trying to escape. You can try scraping...

Decks: attached deck + free-standing stair connection, rim joist, stair stringers
rim joist, stair stringers, stair connection: Dear Eva, As far as supporting the stair stringers at the upper end with the jim joist: that is a good and common approach, but the rim joist needs to be well supported and preferably doubled for stiffness. One way of supporting the bottom without pouring...

Decks: Deck, concrete piers, sonotube
concrete piers, sonotube, home depot: Hello Jeff, I see, well then you will have to find a submersible form made from steel or plastic. Another idea might be to pile drive some I beams into the ground, but that would take some heavy equipment.How is the bottom, hard? or soft. You may need to pre...

Decks: Deck Choices, composite deck material, lowes
composite deck material, lowes, deck floor: Hello Ken allot of people are using trex these days. I like it ok but the price is too high. You can get the veranda series from lowes it is just like trex only costs a 3rd of the money. All composites scratch easy, stain easy, low maintenance is all they...

Decks: deck, deck collapse, lag bolts
deck collapse, lag bolts, air gaps: Dear Melissa, It s almost always best to support the leading edge of the deck with a ledger board so that the decks stays tight to the house and at the same level. The failure of the ledger board and it s pulling away from the house is the foremost cause...

Decks: deck posts being notched, concrete slab, deck posts
concrete slab, deck posts, patio floor: Hi Stephanie. This a tricky situation. Although there is nothing wrong in adding height to the posts by notching out, it could present two problems. 1. From an aesthetic point of view, it will be obvious that pieces were added. 2. You would need to check...

Decks: Ledger problem, double beam, degree angle
double beam, degree angle, footers: Hello Chris, your going to have to install some beams every 10 would be better and make it not bouncy. You will have a band then 10 2x10s then a double beam supported by posts and footers. Then another set of 10 2x10s to another beam then the last set to...

Decks: lattice for decks, polyvinyl chloride pvc, pvc manufacturers
polyvinyl chloride pvc, pvc manufacturers, pvc plastic: Dear Nancy, Vinyl is commonly another name for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. So you may be looking at essentially the same product. There are other kinds of vinyl out there that don t have the chlorine, and that may be the case with the lattice advertised...

Decks: PVC decking, patio pavers, no screws
patio pavers, no screws, tongue and groove: Hello Jim , I ve seen some cool pvc thats out now. Its tongue and groove so there is no screws shown. I only feel it wouldn t drain very well. It is meant for a shaded area or porch etc..For the money I d get the In store brand, it is as good as trex at half...

Decks: refinishing a deck, cabot stain, deck finishes
cabot stain, deck finishes, seal pressure: Hi Dan. Personally I never recommend using any type of semi-trans or solid deck finishes. Over time, anything will peel off eventually and the worst problem is trying to get it back in a condition for re-treatment. I have always used, and recommended, a quality...

Decks: remodeling, room addition, square footage
room addition, square footage, floor space: Hello Edward, I have done remodeling also, The way everybody I know and myself explain our prices are done by the square footage as drawn on the site plans.Unless otherwise changed that is how the price is quoted. If you have a room addition done usually in...

Decks: restaining my deck, deck finish, deck restoration
deck finish, deck restoration, deck sealing: Any time you switch products, you should fully remove the previous finish. The oxygen bleach may have taken it all off but if it hasn t, then you need to strip/sand the water-based stain off before applying the solvent-based. Otherwise, your results will suffer....

Decks: sticky waterproofing on deck, waterproofing, bobbie
waterproofing, bobbie, polyurethane: Hi Bobbie. I can only think of three possible reasons for your problem. 1. It may be sap still coming out of the wood. (I do not know how old the deck may be.) 2. It could simply be that the sealer has not had time to soak into the wood yet. (If it was previously...

Decks: Trex Decking Questions, plastic shovel, material choice
plastic shovel, material choice, poor material: Hello Allen, Veranda is a good composite. I have not found anything of issue when installing it, and it saves you allot of money verses trex.I put the narrow board near the house on all my jobs. It isn t really as big of an issue as you think.It will look...

Decks: What do you think?, long fence, picket size
long fence, picket size, fence posts: Hi Nathan. In order for me to fully understand what you intend to do, let me clarify..... Are you planning a shadow box type fence, where you have pickets on both sides of the fence and they are staggered? If so you can either stagger the 2 x 4 s on the...

Decks: tilling on timber deck, tile job, mesh tape
tile job, mesh tape, timber deck: Ello Wayne, Is this deck exposed? I suppose you would do it as any other tile job? Just going to need to use a cement underboard and glue an screw it down. Also tape the joints with mesh tape and quickset when you start the job.You want a stable foundation...

Decks: Wobbly Railings, pressure treated wood, railings
pressure treated wood, railings, risers: Dear Richard, I know exactly the kind of attachment you describe. That 1 foot of wood at the bottom of the rail, I suppose, is the rim joist. Unfortunately, that rim joist is what supplies the rigidity to that system. The only way to make the present railing...

Decks: building an arbor, douglas fir, pressure treated wood
douglas fir, pressure treated wood, moisture meter: David, If you are planning to paint the arbor, then all you need for all the woods is a good oil base primer on the bare wood and some good paint. Take all the peeling paint off the pressure treated wood and make sure it is completely dry before priming....

Decks: building deck on shale rock, shale rock, concrete footer
shale rock, concrete footer, sonotubes: Hello Matt, Without seeing the site and how stable the rock is I would recommend trying to get through the shale as deep as possible and pouring a concrete footer. Your best bet and easiest answer would be to rent a jack hammer and start busting up the shale....

Decks: Cedar Posts from Deck in Concrete, cedar posts, concrete question
cedar posts, concrete question, cedar deck: I don t know of such a sealant, but you could try using a rubber wrap. Go to a plumbing supply store and buy you some shower pan liner material. It is usually placed below the concrete in a shower pan installation. This should keep the moisture out. Or you...

Decks: Clean Cedar Deck with Oxygen Bleach, oxygen bleach, mild soap
oxygen bleach, mild soap, cedar deck: Hello John, I would try a mild soap first with a pressure washer on it s lowest setting. Cedar is a soft material and too strong a stream will peel the wood up.You may also try sanding some areas that are the worst. Cedar has to be maintained allot. I would...

Decks: concrete deck blocks, pouring cement, deck blocks
pouring cement, deck blocks, deck block: I would carry on the way you are and not backfill the sides with concrete. That way, if there is any settlement in the future, it would not be too difficult to jack up the deck and adjust the leveling. This could be done one end and the middle at a time with...

Decks: deck cleaning, oxygen bleach, cedar deck
oxygen bleach, cedar deck, good job: Hi Roger, The white areas are probably spot where the oxygen bleach started to dry before it was rinsed. You have to keep it wet while it s working. If it s allowed to dry, it will leave white marks behind. To remedy, mix a light solution of oxygen bleach...

Decks: deck over flat roof, gravel roofs, roofing expert
gravel roofs, roofing expert, roofing membrane: Hi Ed. This is not really something I feel comfortable about answering as my experience with roofing, although quite extensive, I have had little to do with flat roofs. The old tar and gravel roofs I have always added another roof over the top to create a...

Decks: deck stripper, deck refinishing, deck stripping
deck refinishing, deck stripping, deck restoration: I have not heard of that stripper. Dad s, Jasco %26 Penofin are out go-to strippers when needed. Behr will not do as good a job as those three. Sanding is always preferred over stripping when possible. Hope it helps. Drew Isaacman Teak & Deck Professionals...

Decks: deck stripper, wood preserver, wood decks
wood preserver, wood decks, wood brightener: Hi John. I have to say I have not heard of or used Severestrip or Ripit. According to the web sites it looks pretty good. However, many advertise their product as The best the world has ever seen and this turns out to be a false statement. Perhaps you could...

Decks: deck stripperj, wood brightener, floor sander
wood brightener, floor sander, ripit: Hello John, strippers work well, but slow, have you considered a floor sander, (heavy grit to soft works pretty good) I have never heard of the strippers though, but have to say I don t do any stripping, mostly tear outs and replace. Hope this helped...

Decks: decking over concrete stairs, concrete stairs, front porch
concrete stairs, front porch, stringers: Hello Isobel, Depending on the height and width of the stairs you can either cut new stringers to put beside the concrete and attach the decking to them and the concrete, or build a box step at the top and cover the concrete with decking. In all actuality...

Decks: Oxalic acid, deck staining, deck refinishing
deck staining, deck refinishing, deck restoration: I would not mix my own chemicals, ever. The Behr product you mention is actually at the low end of strippers. Most good stripping agents will cost between $30 & $40 per gallon but they are worth it when used for the right reasons. Dad s, Penofin and Jasco...

Decks: Sagging deck joist, foot span, concrete slab
foot span, concrete slab, deck structure: Hello joe, Well the deck being that old, the crowns have gone out of the lumber. You need to use 6x6 posts and not space them any farther than 7 on center. You can try jacking up the center of the dip but it s probably going to just try to raise it off the...

Decks: Staining/Finishing a Deck, deck refinishing, deck sealing
deck refinishing, deck sealing: You should definitely seal it with a high-quality sealer. An oil-based sealer will give you the best protection and easiest maintenance. Cabot and Penofin make good products in either semi-solid or transparent tones for pressure treated wood. A water-based...

Decks: Trex Decking, linear footage, latz
linear footage, latz, quotes: In doing all my quotes I don t use a formula, I draw out the entire job as a set of plans , drawn to 1/4 scale. I decide How I will frame it up and make a material list from there. If you give me some additional info and maybe some photos I can draw you...

Decks: water getting past ledger board, joist hangers, ledger board
joist hangers, ledger board, patio doors: Hello David, I have seen this problem so many times I can t count them. First let me say that cedar if it stays wet will rot faster than any other material I have ever seen. Not only is your ledger board rotted, I would say the osb is gone and probably the...

Decks: Black Spots on Cedar after Thompson's, deck sealer, deck refinishing
deck sealer, deck refinishing, deck restoration: Not sure what happened but we don t use Thompson s Water Seal because of similar issues. The black spots must be some sort of mold/mildew caused by the rain and the sealer not having sufficient time to dry. You can try some oxygen bleach to see if that gets...

Decks: Building elevated deck over existing concrete patio, concrete blade, concrete patio
concrete blade, concrete patio, plumb bob: Hello Nick, You need to determine how deep the concrete was poured around the pool. Most slabs are only 4 thick at best.You can build the deck on temporaries keeping them away from where the actual posts will be installed. I use 6x6 pressure treated on no...

Decks: concrete pavers, concrete path, quetion
concrete path, quetion, hiring a contractor: Hello Wendy, most molds are bought by concrete contractors and are reusable, they are not cheap.For a one time use it isn t practical to buy them. I would recommend hiring a contractor it will probably save you money in the long run. Sorry I couldn t be of...

Decks: copper tube pickets, copper pipe, copper tube
copper pipe, copper tube, mineral spirits: Hello John, I have wiped down probably hundreds of 20 copper pipe. I know exactly what you mean and it ain t easy. Over the years I found the best material to use is Goof off or just mineral spirits. Most of the ink will come off but some will remain in...

Decks: Deck block spacing, deck blocks, deck block
deck blocks, deck block, floating deck: Dear Travis, I would put down concrete blocks in a 5-foot grid and lay treated 4x4 beams over that, and then use 2x4 joists crossing over those 4x4s. That would be three concrete blocks supporting each 4x4 beam. The solid ground means you can use more...

Decks: Deck finishes, deck refinishing, deck sealer
deck refinishing, deck sealer: Thanks, Rob. I have never used or seen either product. The One Time is available at ACE/True Value so I d be a little hesitant on that one. The US Coatings looks very involved so not sure about that either. Either way, it is very difficult to warranty anything...

Decks: staining a deck, deck refinishing, deck restoration
deck refinishing, deck restoration, deck sealer: Hi Gloria, From your description, it sounds like you used a water-based stain that did not adhere well to the wood. Water-base stains are often found @ Home Depot and Lowe s and do not penetrate into the wood but rather sit on top. To condition the age...

Decks: wood deck support, deck blocks, neigbors
deck blocks, neigbors, wood deck: Hello Jeanna, sounds to me like your going to need that fork lift again or a good floor jack. You need to raise the deck to the height in stages by using temporaries, (2x4 etc) until you get it like you want it. Keep the temps out of the way of your footers...

Decks: Angled Deck Beam, angled deck, straight beam
angled deck, straight beam, furthest point: Hello Reed, sure you can do the beam that way.You can either install 2 support posts at the end and beginning of the next beam as it turns, or depending on the amount of angle you can cut the beams to intersect at say 22 1/2 degrees so they both are supported...

Decks: backyard pavillion, roof rafters, fiberglass columns
roof rafters, fiberglass columns, roof assembly: Hello Most of the fibercast columns I ve installed have a large opening in the center. Your post top bracket must be a big one. What you might have to do is either find a smaller bracket that will slide up through the post , or switch the support post inside...

Decks: Deck Beam Spans, deck boards, steel beam
deck boards, steel beam, 2x6: Hello Robin, The way I see it if your only coming out from the house 7 , there is not allot of load to begin with. Is the outer band doubled? If so the beam you have is sufficient if your posts are no more than 7 on center. If the problem lies with the deck...

Decks: deck, deck refinishing, deck restoration
deck refinishing, deck restoration, deck cleaning: Hi Josh, If you truly haven t done this work before, I d hire a professional with a good track record and references and save yourself the hassle of doing it yourself. Depending on your wood, what may have been on it before and what type of look you are...

Decks: Fence Post, concrete need, fence post
concrete need, fence post, snow spring: Hi Pen. It should be fine. As it is four feet in the ground, there should be no cause for concern. I built a fence with posts three feet down and a hurricane literally snapped the 4 x 4 posts off at ground level instead of them being ripped out of the ground....

Decks: resin seeping from stained deck boards, bristle brush, oak ash
Decks: resin seeping from stained deck boards, bristle brush, oak ash, vertical surfaces

Decks: finishing a deck extension, deck extension, decent shape
deck extension, decent shape, latext: Hello David, As far as sanding you would need to rent a commercial sander or use a belt sander but that would still take a while. I only build decks etc in my business and have not ever offered to do any stain/sealer. I consider myself a pretty good carpenter,...

Decks: new deck, england weather, building a deck
england weather, building a deck, surface defects: Dear George, The chemical treatment goes through, more or less, but the stain does not. Sanding will change the appearance and you will need to re-stain the boards. It doesn t matter much whether sanded wet or dry, as long as the wood isn t so wet that...

Decks: Restoring outdoor Decks, wood preserver, outdoor decks
wood preserver, outdoor decks, staining wood: Hi Stephen. I have always pressure washed decks and found this to be quite sufficient. But these were all wood preserver and water sealed. I have never recommended staining wood as it will eventually be a major problem to bring back to life. However, if the...

Decks: resin seeping from stained deck boards, pressure treated lumber, kiln temperature
pressure treated lumber, kiln temperature, pitch problems: Hi Joy. Best I can do is to send what I know about this subject. I guess the lumber was not kiln dried...... The sap oozing from your deck boards is a natural product of the wood, and it s really pitch, not sap. Sap runs in the spring. Running pitch has...

Decks: Steps to brick patio, mortar joints, concrete slab
mortar joints, concrete slab, marine plywood: Dear Andrew, Your plan would work to support the bricks, as long as you provided supports beneath the plywood no more than a foot apart. Marine plywood topped with thinset mortar and cement board should build up the total wood and concrete backer to a minimum...

Decks: Support for a Sunken Tub, styrofoam insulation, insulation batts
styrofoam insulation, insulation batts, lightweight frame: Hello Dyanne, yes you are correct on both accounts. I would construct a lightweight frame around the tub in the crawl with 2x4s and then add insulation batts where applicable, then cover it with some 3/4 Styrofoam insulation sheathing. Use 1 1/2 button cap...

Decks: two-story elevated deck / treehouse...., shelby township michigan, mid span
shelby township michigan, mid span, floor deck: Hello Guy, sounds like a good plan, If you have the outside bands doubled you could use longer 4x4 posts built into the rails around the lower deck and have them support doubled beams to carry the upper floor load. To keep the sway out of the upper floor be...

Decks: 20 foot run without posts, joists, concrete blocks
joists, concrete blocks, trusses: Hello Lou I think if you got a hold of some 20 2x12 you might get away with it on 12 centers. Or get trusses made. Bolting allot of material together just adds weight to the span and defaults it if the material is not tall enough to carry a load. Get #2...

Decks: 2x6 T&G boards, wood working tools, termite infestation
wood working tools, termite infestation, acrylic polymer: Hi, Bill: Bearing in mind that Decks is my area of expertise--and the jury is still out on that one--at first it sounded like a product called RoyalWood might be what you re looking for. According to their product literature, their nominal 6 panels...

Decks: Earwigs in new pressure-treated deck, earwigs
earwigs: Hi Ed: I have to admit--I had to Google earwigs to find out what you were talking about, because Decks --specifically, the construction thereof--is my area of expertise. And when I did I found HUNDREDS of hits , but this one was the best: http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-ear-wigs/...

Decks: QUESTION DECK ATTACHES TO HOUSE
Decks: QUESTION DECK ATTACHES TO HOUSE

Decks: fastening aluminum plate to deck, Dissimilar-metal corrosion, polycarbonate
Dissimilar-metal corrosion, polycarbonate: Jack: This is one of those questions where I need to keep reminding myself that it s YOUR deck and YOUR lights, so my answers are: I see no problems with using 3 deck screws through the aluminum and 1/2 round (I assume non-metallic) pipe to attach the...

Decks: Porch column, roof overhang, porch column
roof overhang, porch column, side porch: Hello Richard, The problem is not going to be with the size post you replace the corners with. It s going to be can you remove the 4x4s and span the entire length without supports in the middle. What determines that will be if and what size beam there is above...

Decks: Front Porch Remodel - Tongue and Groove, covered front porch, wood tongue and groove
covered front porch, wood tongue and groove, tongue and groove: Hello Julie, was the pine pressure treated? It sounds like it was layed down with too much moisture content in the wood. Rapid drying of a soft wood like pine will cause it to do crazy things. As far as water marks I m not sure unless there was dust or dirt...

Decks: QUESTION DECK ATTACHES TO HOUSE, floor joists, sawzall
floor joists, sawzall, sliding glass: Hello Ken, sorry took so long to answer, something was wrong with this site. Page wouldn t load for 2 days. Anyhow sure you can, what you need to do is determine the direction of the floor joists. If they are running 90 degrees off of the band then the joists...

Decks: rafter, bearing wall, gable roof
bearing wall, gable roof, rafter: Hello Mike, I don t believe it would help a whole lot since the pitch is so low. Can you increase the size of the material to 2x8? Or can you change the layout to use a gable roof instead? If you are in a snowy area it will collapse with the first heavy snow....

Decks: restore wood deck, deck refinishing, deck restoration
deck refinishing, deck restoration, teak restoration: Powerwashing alone may work, but depending on the type of wood it may not be the best path forward. Try applying Penofin stripper to the parts of the deck that still have stain and then rinsing it with a pressure washer. That should get it back to clean wood....

Decks: Added support for hot tub, post hole diggers, frost heave
post hole diggers, frost heave, hot tub company: Shawn: There are a few information gaps that keep me from giving you an Expert Answer , but I think I can make some comments and a suggested approach that will nevertheless get you the information you seek. You note that the deck is unattached ; I...

Decks: arbor/pergola, snow load, hgtv
snow load, hgtv, 6x6: Hello Rob, With normal lumber weight, no roof load or snow load, Use 2 2x10 and you can get about 10 without having to worry about getting a sag later on down the road. I don t double up my beams per say, I ve attached a photo. Do a sit in notch about 1 ...

Decks: beam span, flitch plate, laminated beam
flitch plate, laminated beam, steel supplier: Hello Chris in order to span that distance without a post your going to have to use either a boozer beam which is a laminated beam or a steel I beam. You would have to check with a local steel supplier for a load size. On a boozer you would need a 2x6 beam...

Decks: deck/covered porch, wood dries, covered porch
wood dries, covered porch, center layout: Wow! If everything your describing to me is true and you are paying this guy as a professional, you need to run him off your property and don t pay another dime. Take pictures! You will need them perhaps in court. No one I mean no one builds anything like...

Decks: Can deck support hot tub?, stainless steel washers, concrete pilings
stainless steel washers, concrete pilings, least three times: First, realize that in terms of effecting any really meaningful change the odds suggest you may be wasting your time. Except for the good feeling of doing what you believe is right; whether it comes to anything won t take anything away from that. Early in...

Decks: arbor/pergola, framing members, masonry
Decks: arbor/pergola, framing members, masonry, beams

Decks: deck/covered porch, jobs
Decks: deck/covered porch, jobs

Decks: Graying wood deck, deck refinishing, deck restoration
deck refinishing, deck restoration, deck cleaning: I would not follow either piece of advice. Pressure wash alone will raise the wood and you ll have to sand the whole thing afterward. Thompson products are very weak. A good oxygen bleach will take all your gray off and leave your deck ready for staining/sealing....

Decks: pressure treated wood, latex exam gloves, mcdonalds arches
latex exam gloves, mcdonalds arches, silicone caulk: Good morning Jean, and thanks for asking me a question I can answer with a high degree of confidence: (1) Stain all four sides; and (2) Run a thin bead of clear silicone caulk along the TOP seams of all HORIZONTAL strips. Staining all sides and edges...

Decks: Support for hot tub, hot tub company, frost heave
hot tub company, frost heave, deck blocks: Hi Shawn. To be able to give any real and sensible advice, I would need to know what support structure you have, i.e. layout of side rails, cross beams, ledger boards and deck boards. I have built becks in the past with hot tubs in mind and I added extra...

Decks: Build a Pergola over wooden balcony, decks; deck roofs; pergolas; wind uplift; continuous-load connections; wind-damage avoidance
decks; deck roofs; pergolas; wind uplift; continuous-load connections; wind-damage avoidance: Pete: Yesterday my computer guru did some kind of file maintenance thing, and when it was turned back on this follow-up question from JANUARY 17 (!!!) popped up; previously the most recent follow-up answer that had been on my hard drive was dated 1/17...

Decks: Expanding a dock, 2x8, deck area
2x8, deck area, info thanks: Hello Michael, It s sounds like a pretty good plan, although I think your going to need 2 posts. If you bolt say a 16 2x8 on too the existing sides and cantilever them out as far as needed then use a dbl 2x8 on the outside to carry the weight from end to...

Decks: Glulam and post connections for deck, simpson strongtie, new footing
simpson strongtie, new footing, glulam beam: Hello Boian, Adding on to the 6x6 with a short piece is not the best idea, I suppose you could if you were to reinforce the sides of the post with 2x8 that has been ripped down so you get a solid post look from one end to the other. Or you might try using...

Decks: Painting Outdoor Balcony/Deck, outdoor balcony, tiny cracks
outdoor balcony, tiny cracks, self leveling mortar: Hi Brian. Without being able to physically see you problem, it is difficult to come up with a solution. One suggestion which may, or may not be an option, would be to cover the floor with a waterproof membrane, a layer of self leveling mortar and tile the...

Decks: Replacing porch railings in the rain?, deck, railing
deck, railing, redwood: Hi Karen. Thanks for asking. Having been born and raised here on the east coast, I ve not had a lot of experience with redwood (Alright, I ll admit it: I ve had none#. However, the California Redwood Association has plenty. So I d like to you head over...

Decks: Floor / Deck, cement block, ply wood
cement block, ply wood, floor deck: I m sorry that was a type error it is suppose to read 12 joists spanning on 12 ignore the 3. If you just support the beams on the sides then it isn t necessary for any support in the center. 12 2x8 on 12 centers might have a little bounce but I doubt...

Decks: raised paver deck, traditional masonry, masonry products
traditional masonry, masonry products, concrete porch: Hi Lynn. The term maintenance free has legal implications that have bitten manufacturers who claimed their products were. Thus, we don t use that term any more, because you have to wash all things, and anything that is in the elements will wear and fade...

Decks: deck support, steep ravine, building a house
steep ravine, building a house, lam: Hello Bob I have never seen it done with glu/lam, it would probably be to expensive to treat the lam. But I have seen it done with steel I beams. They were installed within the floorsystem structure as the house was built just as you mentioned with a whole...

Decks: Arbor, post hole diggers, dry concrete
post hole diggers, dry concrete, vertical support: Hello Bobby, use post hole diggers until you get to hard dirt. Minimum 20 put a little dry concrete in the hole, drop in the posts and bounce them up and down to pack the crete. set the posts and brace them off to stakes really good. finish the concrete with...

Decks: deck, joist hangers, plate steel
joist hangers, plate steel, added option: Hello Kevin, I got all the info, thanks, every little bit helps. Been real busy or would of answered this by now. Anyway the only thing I can think of that will be safe and work would be to figure what you need to pack out the side of the beam with pressure...

Decks: New Deck - when to seal?, paint store, color stain
paint store, color stain, hello john: Hello John, If this was a pressure treated deck the wood needs to dry out a bit before you seal it or the sealer won t soak into the wood. The material only can hold so much moisture so some has to leave before others can get in. It all depends on the weather...

Decks: New Deck - when to seal?, lumber yards, wood cells
lumber yards, wood cells, rain and sun: Hi, John! Because of the rather narrow scope of inquiry to your question, I can give you a quick answer that I can also be confident of its accuracy. You didn t say whether the deck was made of treated lumber (REAL wood) or one of the composites made...

Decks: New deck - when to seal?, deck refinishing san diego, deck cleaning orange county
deck refinishing san diego, deck cleaning orange county, deck brightening san diego: You should be OK for a while. Ideally, you would brighten, let dry and then apply a good, penetrating sealer. 3-4 weeks before brightening for a new deck is also recommended to let the wood age a bit naturally. The brightener will bring it right back to new...

Decks: Is it safe to use a floating foundation system?, dek block, foundation system
dek block, foundation system, peirs: Hello Eric, yes I am familiar with the blocks, they work great on stable, hard ground. Just make sure there is no major runoff in the area during heavy rains. If allot of water is running fast around the blocks the ground can get washed out over time and...

Decks: Over the top, screws, greetings
screws, greetings, lower layer: Hello John, I wouldn t recommend it, when the lower layer finally begins to decay the upper will become less stable. Also the decking should be screwed into the joists. Screws will have to be very long to go through both and reach the joists. Hope this helps...

Decks: Deck Sealing/staining, yellawood, uv rays
yellawood, uv rays, worst enemy: Hello Jerry, Yellow wood is just a better brand due to there treating process and they normally use a better grade of lumber. If your deck has not mildewed or started turning grey you should be ok. A darker stain will hide almost any imperfections. Sometimes...

Decks: Deck Stain over Prev Paint?, oxygen bleach, gray streaks
oxygen bleach, gray streaks, paint expert: We don t use Olympic products so I can t really comment on that one, except for the fact that we don t use them on purpose. You can always paint over paint but it will cause a build-up on the surface. Not sure if it s mold but a strong oxygen bleach mixture...

Decks: deck attachement/support, deck ledger attachment
deck ledger attachment: according to the DCA-6 document no deck can be attached to brick or a cantilever. Sliding the joist in and by sistering them up would double the floor load intended for the double 2X10 beam not to mention the water intrusion from wind driven rain.I have been...

Decks: deck staining, water beads, product reps
water beads, product reps, good starting point: Hi Ernie. Sorry so long to respond. I would guess that the wood was not yet ready to accept a stain. In other words, the pressure treatment was still too fresh. When wood is pressure treated, liquid preservatives are pressure-injected into the wood, and...

Decks: Rolling deck gates, tension spring, deck surface
tension spring, deck surface, current 2: Hello Barb, When I build a gate it is usually for a deck, and the gate style should match the rail style on the current rails. The best gate is built by cutting the size you need out of 2x4s cut long to long on 45 degrees just like a picture frame. If this...

Decks: staining decks, deck, stain
deck, stain, seal: Hi Bob. Please realize that the people who work at Home Depot think they are the experts. And I can t fault them for telling you what they truly believe. But the truth is that you don t need to strip your deck before staining it. It sounds like the type...

Decks: staning decks, sun light, home depot
sun light, home depot, 11 years: Hello Robert, Although I build decks and don t really do allot of staining, I know of plenty of people that restain there deck every year and never strip it. Paint is one thing stain is something different. I think you can re-stain a deck over and over with...

Decks: Vinyl Membrane on Deck, dirt magnet, vinyl membrane
dirt magnet, vinyl membrane, ths: Hello Sandra, Although I myself have never installed such a product, I always assumed that this was something that was used to keep water out from the structure underneath. Then a deck or other structure was to be installed over it. It s like a very hot roof...

Decks: bad stain job on deck, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck refinishing orange county: Hi Pat, I understand your situation and have empathy for what you re going through. We deal with individuals each day who have burned by a so-called professional and now have to spend more to undo the problems that they have caused. Brush strokes are certainly...

Decks: Individual tiles on a deck, deck, tile
deck, tile, stone: Hi Pandal. The tiles that you have seen are actually supported by an engineered grid system, and they are glued down. The tiles themselves are also engineered for outdoor exposure, unlike the tiles that you would use in your bathroom. While there have been...

Decks: outdoor carpeting, outdoor carpeting, wood hi
outdoor carpeting, wood hi, carpet mat: Hi Chris. Whatever the material, it will cause the decking to retain moisture, leading to eventual premature failure of the surface. Even if it is a quick-drying material, it will still prevent the wood below from being able to breathe and dry out. Sorry...

Decks: replacing -cracked and splintered deck boards, decks, decking
decks, decking, deck repair: I have been building for almost 28 years now and I have found that if you use a jig saw you can get the blade between the deck boards, and cut the bad boards on each side of a joist. After you have 2 cuts in a deck board that piece can be removed. This method...

Decks: Deck, carrier comparison, deck builder
carrier comparison, deck builder, two choices: Wow! I m sorry to laugh but the aircraft carrier comparison is very funny. I m assuming he used a solid stain. The way I see it is you got two choices sand or pressure wash the old stain off or go back with a different solid stain over the grey. I believe...

Decks: Deck, deck refinishing san diego, deck refinishing
deck refinishing san diego, deck refinishing, deck refinishing orange county: Hi, You re right on the Thompson s - does not last at all and is not worth it. I understand you d like a clear product but it is the pigment in an sealer that provides protection from the sun. Without a pigment or color, you may as well not seal. That...

Decks: Deck gate, odd shape, john miller
odd shape, john miller, t line: Hello John, It all depends on how bad the posts don t line up. If they are a step or more apart a gate will not work very well unless it is built some odd shape. If they are only off by a few inches then maybe you could add some 2x4 etc.. to make at least...

Decks: Kool Deck Concrete Stain, painting concrete, texture design
painting concrete, texture design, portland cement: Hello Scott, There are a variety of applications out there for concrete. I agree with the others about painting concrete However, staining it is fine. If you paint it it becomes slick and dangerous. But stain can be tinted to any color and works well. a...

Decks: wood over outside concrete stairs, concrete stairs, wood stairs
concrete stairs, wood stairs, framing square: Hello John, In all honesty I would try and remove the concrete steps you have now then build the new landing and stairs, otherwise you are going to have trouble getting anything to attach with any strength. The landing would have to come out past the concrete...

Decks: Covered Deck with Tile and Stone Fireplace, stone fireplace, screen porch
stone fireplace, screen porch, sanded grout: Hello Courtney, We might be neighbors I live in Ga. also. I just completed a project in Kennesaw where we tiled a screen porch I built, they used 12 tiles. The tiles were ceramic but had a slight texture to them to help with the wet weather and slipping....

Decks: deck on river bank, concrete piers, galvanized materials
concrete piers, galvanized materials, fire ring: You could build a deck just like a pier would be built on the ocean. The best way to do it would not be easy. I would dig deep footers and use sonotubes ( these are cardboard round forms) and pour some concrete piers. Then you could bolt a couple of beams...

Decks: genovations decking, stainless bolts, deck surface
Decks: genovations decking, stainless bolts, deck surface, metal furniture

Decks: genovations decking, best bet, rubber mats
best bet, rubber mats, patio furniture: Hello Jean, I see this allot. Even though I personally have not heard of that particular product, I have installed Trex on numerous occasions and it does the same thing, scratches real easy. You could try putting rubber covers on the legs, or small little...

Decks: problem deck, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning san diego: Hi Angie, Lots of things going on. Don t know of many good quality tinted water repellants so not real sure what you used. They can go very blotchy. A paint and a solid stain are basically the same things so if you don t mind not seeing the grain of the...

Decks: sap seaping through boards on outdoor deck., pressure treated wood, hot weather
pressure treated wood, hot weather, outdoor deck: Hello Linda, This is a common problem especially with standard or better decking, ( that is the grade) Premium decking does not have as many knots and has less of a problem. Most contractors use S&B due to it is about 1/2 the cost of premium. If your deck...

Decks: When to Stain a New Mahogany Deck, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning san diego: A few months may be pushing it. In California, we would never wait more than 1-2 weeks before staining and we do 2-3 hardwood decks per week. More importantly than the wait time, the deck should at least be brightened, if not cleaned and brightened, before...

Decks: Can't get deck cleaner off/out of deck wood- HELP!, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning san diego: I don t think powerwashing will help and may in fact hurt if done incorrectly. I also can t really weigh in on whether the sanding will solve all of your problem. I know you re looking for answers but I can t see the deck and don t know the specifics involved...

Decks: Trex deck - Mildew / Mold, mold colonies, mold spores
Decks: Trex deck - Mildew / Mold, mold colonies, mold spores, deck wash

Decks: Roof over a deck, carriage bolts, ledger board
carriage bolts, ledger board, hanging plants: Hello Bently, Living that far north you really need a steeper roof than a low pitched shed style roof. If you were to plan on a project such as this you would need to change the 2x6 to at least 2x8 and have them on 12 centers. The way to know if your ledger...

Decks: Trex deck - Mildew / Mold, mildew mold, mold and mildew
mildew mold, mold and mildew, mold mildew: Hello Darron, As far as I know pressure washing won t hurt the decking as long as you use the weakest tip and don t get too close. Not that I m aware of ( #2 # the older composites have had this problem. The newer ones #some brands) say that they are resistant...

Decks: Attaching posts to an existing deck, best bet, front steps
best bet, front steps, outer edge: Hello Richard, If they have to be 3 from the edge your going to have problems getting them sturdy. They make a post anchoring base That you could use but I have never found them to be sturdy enough. Is there any way you could remove the decking so you could...

Decks: Sealing a new deck, water beads, handful of water
water beads, handful of water, several different types: Hi Tim. There are several different types of treated lumber currently in use. So I can t explain the sap. However, I would certainly give it at least a couple of days to dry out before attempting to stain it. A good test to see if it will accept a stain...

Decks: Stairs on Rocky Slope, rocky slope, rock anchors
rocky slope, rock anchors, slope angle: Hello, I think your idea is ok for the center supports, but at the top and bottom you may want to change it to a support on each side. If the stringers are rigid enough I don t believe it would rock in the middle as long as the top and bottom have twin supports....

Decks: conflicting design, lattice designs, straight panels
lattice designs, straight panels, dear mary: Dear Mary, Once you select the actual rail pattern, you can probably find a style of lattice that doesn t conflict. I ve noticed that lattice under a porch tends to be subordinate anyway. A couple of things you can do to make the lattice recede visually...

Decks: conflicting design
Decks: conflicting design

Decks: VYNAL DECKING LEAKS, SAME PROBLEM AS TERRY, deck leaks, rhino liner
deck leaks, rhino liner, plywood: Hello, Sorry but I need some more information, does this deck have a undercover system? Is it made of some material that is suppose to not drain between the decking? Any type of material I can think of that would waterproof a deck from the top is going to...

Decks: Fall Sealing A Deck, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning san diego: Leaves should not be an issue but the fewer that fall the better. I would not recommend a Thompson sealer, especially a clear one, as it will offer very little protection for your wood. Try and go with a penetrating oil-based treatment that will be easily...

Decks: Nails vs. Stainless screws for dock deck boards, stainless screws, eastern shore of maryland
stainless screws, eastern shore of maryland, galvanized nails: In my opinion, you just cannot beat a stainless screw with anything. Galvanized nails WILL rust. I believe it s well worth the price difference. I would pay for and recommend them even for an inland deck, but for something even NEAR the water, and the salty...

Decks: verandah building material, pressure treated plywood, floor framing
pressure treated plywood, floor framing, verandah: Hi Ray, Well, without knowing more specifics...climate, what type of tile & substrate, type of floor framing & spacing, intended use, time frame, what types of woods and materials are commonly used there and/or available, and so on...... Normally, I would...

Decks: Deck not flush to house everywhere - How..., sliding glass doors, shingle style
sliding glass doors, shingle style, crooked deck: Well, it s hard to say for sure without seeing it for myself, and I have come across many crooked houses in all my deck building years, which you sometimes must make accommodations for...but I ve never built a crooked deck. All I can tell you from here are...

Decks: Front Porch settling, concrete pillars, couple images
concrete pillars, couple images, front porch: Hi Troy. Without more information, I would suggest unattaching the deck at the post to beam connection, jacking the structure to level, and inserting blocking to maintain that level. If you send me a couple images of the structural components of the deck,...

Decks: roof over deck, deck, roof
deck, roof, posts: Hi there. I have built many decks with roofs over them. Ideally, I like to have my posts running straight up from their footer attachment, through the outer end deck girder and frame, right up through the railing, and up to (or through) the girder...

Decks: Decking, aluminum balusters, railing system
aluminum balusters, railing system, aluminum system: Hello Rita, 1) never used the lock dry, 2)No real preference, I think the lower cost lowes brand is just as good as the high dollar stuff. 3) I know trex fades and stains. It also scratches easy.4)Pressure treated K-dat from yellowood. 5) I like the k-dat...

Decks: deck, high deck, railing
high deck, railing, photos: Ok, I m sorry...I didn t see this other photo at first. Since this appears to be a high deck, you don t want to take any chances by doing anything that would weaken it s strength. I would still stick with my prior suggestions though. Thanks for the photos....

Decks: Deck refinishing, deck floor, deck builder
deck floor, deck builder, best of luck: Johnnie, I could maybe give you some ideas of some things I ve just heard over the years, but I am much more of a carpenter and deck builder than a painter. There are painting experts on here much more knowledgeable than me on that subject. Best of luck...

Decks: Finishing/Sealing a patio deck, mold inhibitors, paint expert
mold inhibitors, paint expert, staining a deck: Hey Anthony, Well, I m more of a carpenter and deck building specialist than a paint expert, but I have heard many good and bad things about different methods and products over the years. First off, sure! If you have twigs, leaves, and stuff...

Decks: rotted section of porch rail, porch rail, front porch
porch rail, front porch, proper advice: Hi Jessica, Well, without seeing a photo or two of the style of railing and how it s constructed, I don t think anyone would be able t offer the proper advice or solution. I can tell you that generally, it s a good idea to replace an entire single piece...

Decks: Deck Floor, freeze thaw, outdoor carpet
freeze thaw, outdoor carpet, deck floor: Hello Ken, so are you asking me if you can lay tile? A floating floor would suffice so that it could move with the cold and hot expansions. Tile should be ok as long as the floor doesn t get wet. If water gets below the tile and freezes it will definitely...

Decks: Deck rebuilding, drywall nails, frost heave
drywall nails, frost heave, footers: Hello Jen I hate to hear stories like yours. It makes trusted good contractors look bad, and harder to get new customers to believe in you. But as for your question, If you are going to get a permit you will have to have the footers inspected prior to being...

Decks: Extending a second floor deck, cement slab, walkout basement
cement slab, walkout basement, floor deck: Hello Lynette, Very interesting project. Although you have provided a very nice and detailed description here, it s somewhat difficult to choose a direction for you without physically seeing exactly how it s constructed in more detail. There are several...

Decks: Fence Posts, ring shank nails, ring shanks
ring shank nails, ring shanks, privacy fence: Hello Steve, When you go to get the posts for the fence look at the tag that is stapled to the end of the board. You want to use material that says it s rated for ground contact. Sometimes it is hard to find 4x4s that are rated that way but they make 6x6 that...

Decks: Pergola, sag sag, building a pergola
sag sag, building a pergola, floor decks: Well, there isn t really a definitive answer to that question, since there are many factors involved. My general answer from experience with engineering tables, as well as real-life in-the-field examples, would be no...you can t span that without worrying...

Decks: Atlantis Cable Railing Systems, cable railing systems, wood pickets
cable railing systems, wood pickets, deck railing: Hey Brian, Wow, I m sorry to hear about your troubles with the decking. To be honest, from the photos, it looks basically indistinguishable from any average general pressure treated SYP decking. There seems to be the normal amount of checking (small...

Decks: cement footers under our deck, concrete footings, minute job
concrete footings, minute job, footers: Hi Aashly, It is likely that whoever dug the holes, dug them a little wider than the cardboard sonotube they used, and just threw the dirt back in around them lightly. Disturbed soil generally will settle after time. As long as the concrete footings...

Decks: deck color, vertical surfaces, deck furniture
vertical surfaces, deck furniture, color expert: Hi Wanda, Well, I m not exactly a color expert. I m more of a carpenter. I design it, build it, and others paint and stain it...haha. ...And of course, it s a matter of personal taste. But at any rate, I do agree with those who told you to go with a...

Decks: Deck gate, adding a deck, concrete
adding a deck, concrete, gates: Hello Charles, well if you can get the post back level again where the gate works you might can add a 2x4 etc.. at a angle to another secure point. Or you can take the gate loose and remove the post get a longer post and put it deep into the ground with some...

Decks: Deck Supports: Steel or Wood, steel poles, story deck
steel poles, story deck, steel posts: Hello Molly, There are advantages to both but depending on the height of the deck is the main factor. Anything over 12 I recommend the steel poles. Under 12 use 6x6 attached to a footer that is above grade by 3 . Also attach the 6x6 to a galv. post base that...

Decks: how to protect and stain mahogany porch floor, tung oil, sutherland welles
Decks: how to protect and stain mahogany porch floor, tung oil, sutherland welles, mahogany

Decks: how to protect and stain mahogany porch floor, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning: Nora, NO STEEL WOOL! I hope this note gets to you in time. Never use steel wool to treat wood. Particles will get left behind and turn the wood orange when they rust. OK, now on to treatment. You need to do the following: 1) Clean (oxygen bleach)...

Decks: clear cedar deck floor water marks, stainless steel screws, stainless screws
stainless steel screws, stainless screws, staining decks: Thanks for the question, Susan... I m sorry to hear that you re having trouble with the deck. I could certainly give you my opinions, but my expertise lies more in the design and construction of decks, and carpentry in general. I believe this question...

Decks: hardi decking, composite decking material, hardi board
composite decking material, hardi board, trex: I searched the hardie site and can t find anything for decking. I also have never heard of such a product, like I said earlier it would not be a choice I would even consider, to heavy and gets too hot in the sun. http://www.timbertech.com/ Try this site...

Decks: Leakiing concrete deck, blowing rain, concrete deck
blowing rain, concrete deck, subfloor: Hello Mary, I m thinking that the contraction and expansion of the concrete is creating gaps where it is attached to the house and blowing rain etc.. is getting in that way. Or maybe it is not the concrete at all and is leaking in somewhere else like behind...

Decks: New Deck - Splitting, yellow pine deck, surface cracks
yellow pine deck, surface cracks, lumber yard: Hey Kirk, I don t see any photo attached, but I probably don t need one. If the splits aren t very deep (mostly or all the way through the board), then it s what is referred to as checking , which is normal....unfortunately. Checks differ from actual...

Decks: Pergola Span, rafter span, support posts
rafter span, support posts, rafters: Hello Marty, If the rafter span is only 12 not including the cantilever overhang usually done on most styles I would use 2x10 or even 2x8. If your installing shade boards atop the rafters you can go with the 2x8. That helps them to stay stable during the...

Decks: Deck cleaner, dark areas, wood deck
dark areas, wood deck, 3 years: We will not use Olympic sealer for this very reason as we have seen these results with customers own efforts before. Not sure what will happen if your go to re-stain but I would want a clean, consistent surface before re-sealing Not sure what you can do besides...

Decks: Exterior Stairway, building deck stairs, concrete footings
building deck stairs, concrete footings, walkout basement: Hi Lynn, Well, I m not sure I m understanding the layout completely, but maybe I somewhat get the gist. First off, by cement wall...do you mean cinder block, or solid concrete? I ask, because of variations in ways that you may be able to bolt to it,...

Decks: joist span, foot span, rain shelter
foot span, rain shelter, snow load: Hello Rob, If you didn t live in a snowy area I would say you could special order 20 2x10s, because they are hard to find at most places. Your best bet would be a 3 x 16 Boozer beam, not too expensive and a little lighter than steel. How does the plastic...

Decks: PVC Decking and Railings, pvc railing, railing system
pvc railing, railing system, railing systems: Hi Barbara. 12 spacing is absolutely critical for PVC decking, to avoid deflection, or bending, between the joists. Even with a capstock PVC, although most manufacturers will tell you 16 is good, I still build at 12 . As for PVC railing: There is a...

Decks: sealer for ayc deck, deck railings, tung oil
deck railings, tung oil, superdeck: Your deck should be sealed with an appropriate oil-based sealer in the transparent tone of your choice. Transparent or semi-transparent products from Superdeck or Penofin would be recommended if applied properly. The deck should also be brightened before sealing...

Decks: stair stringer angle, stair stringer, best of luck
stair stringer, best of luck, glitch: Hey Tim, I m sorry to be a little slower than usual to respond. There must be a glitch somewhere in the system, and I was just notified of your question. :) To answer your question, a rise of 8 with a run of 10 1/2 will give you a slope of...

Decks: deck load, concrete footings, concrete piers
concrete footings, concrete piers, corner posts: Hello Al, sounds like your close to what I like to put under my hot tubs, my only concern is your support posts are on the corners. When I m building a support structure for a tub and using beams I bring the beams just under where the tub will be located along...

Decks: Lumber for Deck, hammer nails, thanks in advance
hammer nails, thanks in advance, lumber: If they are 1 thick, then they are referred to as 5/4 (five quarter). 2 1/2 wide is an oddball size. If they are in fact 3 1/2 , then those would be called 5/4 x 4 s. 5/4 x 6 are the most common decking....which are actually 1 by 5 1/2 in size. If what...

Decks: child safety screen or fence, pvc fences, concrete slab
pvc fences, concrete slab, safety fence: Hello William, Most of the PVC fences I have seen or installed would require a pocket built either into the deck or the concrete that surrounds the pool. Some fences require a post that the PVC sleeve slides over. If the area it was to be attached to was a...

Decks: deck question, carbide blades, stainless screws
carbide blades, stainless screws, covered porch: Hello Christina, Well, ipe is a beautiful choice for natural wood decking. It is also one of the most dense, and most rigid woods in existence. I would recommend stainless screws to guarantee no rust. Some of the coated screws leave...

Decks: deck question, butyl tape, hidden fasteners
butyl tape, hidden fasteners, covered porch: I have been a carpenter for almost 29 years, and have done 12 centers before also. I have staggered the screws on the joist (right side then left side then right side ...ect) the hole length of the board. Another option is to order ipe decking with a grove...

Decks: deck question, covered porch, ledger board
covered porch, ledger board, deck project: Hi Christine. I like 12 on center as well. But for my money, I would simply replace all the joists. For the minimal investment that the structural wood would require, the insurance it provides would be priceless. Putting new surfaces on old structures...

Decks: deck question, covered porch, ledger board
covered porch, ledger board, deck project: Hello Christina, Regarding the joists, I have found that using old joists on a re-deck sometimes causes certain challenges. One being that the joists over time loose there crown. Most all material has a crown it is a bow in the board you can see if it is looked...

Decks: deck question
Decks: deck question

Decks: joist question, covered porch, ledger board
covered porch, ledger board, deck board: Christina, I understand your concerns about having so many screws. You can still go with the 12 OC joists but set only one screw every two feet, alternating edges of the deck board. Since ipe wood is so dense, you must pre-drill for screws so that they...

Decks: T&G roof deck, open beam ceiling, stainless steel screw
open beam ceiling, stainless steel screw, roll roofing: Well, since your beams are spaced 5 , 10 footers make the most sense. Not much strength would be gained with longer. If you really wanted to though, you could buy 16 footers and waste 1 foot per board. Deckmates should be fine, for code AND for strength. Screws...

Decks: Deck blocks and concrete
Hello Ron, frost heave is a concern that far north. You may want to change to standard concrete footers at least 24 deep. If your beams are 2x10 and doubled you can span 7 without concern, any farther than that and you might want a additional post. Hope...

Decks: Deck material
Hello, yes I don t see a concern of the decking material, in order for it to rot it has to remain wet over a period of time, like when leaves are left on it all winter etc.. gravity will remove any moisture from underneath and the top if kept clean of debris...

Decks: Porcelin Tile Deck
Hello Pat, Everything sounds like it will hold up, I would do the plywood screwed and glued, then use a cement board on top of that then lay your tile. When finished seal it really good, any moisture that gets in can cause problems especially if it gets below...

Decks: railroad tie deck posts
Hello Dan, I would never use cross ties for anything, I have removed more rotten cross ties than I can count. Just to compare the two I have a story about what we did on a job one time. The customer had a 6x6 retaining wall that had been there for 20 years,...

Decks: porch deck
Hey Neal, Well, this is basically a question of ingenuity, rather than something that someone like myself could necessarily ideally answer for you. Other than the indoor/outdoor carpet (or something similar) idea, I m not coming up with much. There...

Decks: setting deck posts, patio slab, diamond blade
patio slab, diamond blade, cylindrical hole: Hello Don, First off, thank you for the question. Please accept my apologies for taking a little long to respond. I was away for a few days (a rarity), and stuck without any internet service. :) You must always go down past the frost line...

Decks: changing deck layout, wood decks, building decks
wood decks, building decks, deck layout: Hi Dave. Sorry so long in getting back to you. Since I have not seen your deck, and the condition of the structure, I can not answer your questions. You need to have a professional assess the integrity of the deck before moving forward with any new surface....

Decks: composite deck sheets, cement board siding, courtyard garden
cement board siding, courtyard garden, redwood deck: Hello Leslie, I m not sure if I understand the question, are you wanting a patio that is on the ground or a elevated deck but with some other type of flooring? I have seen long 8 x 12-14 ceramic tile that resembles wood but as far as sheets of composite...

Decks: Deck Material, Decks, deck repair
Decks, deck repair: Hi Dave, Let me state up front that I do not usually recommend installing new deck boards on an old frame. It is my opinion that replacing everything at the same time will result in better long term satisfaction with the resulting deck than a piecemeal...

Decks: Deck railing, cedar log siding, deck railing
cedar log siding, deck railing, exact expertise: Bill, This is not exactly my exact expertise, nor probably anyone s really for that matter. I could come up with a myriad of ideas for this, but it s really too custom to suggest just one, especially without being there to look at it with my own...

Decks: Deck resurface, composite boards, joists
composite boards, joists, thanks for your help: Hello Dave, The best way to make it all one level is to either lower the upper or basically build another deck on top of the lower one, or try and raise the lower one with a few jacks and some temporaries. Kind of depends on how high it is off the ground....

Decks: Decks, fence type, electric fences
fence type, electric fences, pet deterrent: Johnnie, Well, this seems more of an electrical and/or pet ethics related type of a question, than one pertaining to actual deck building and repair, but I ll try my best... Is it possible to install or remove a board at the top of the railing...

Decks: Egress for Decks ?, Deck
Deck: Brian, I agree with your logic that second or third floor decks and balconies often don t have stairs and therefore ground level decks don t require them either. Also,I have built numerous decks over the years that did not have stairs with no issue from...

Decks: Egress ?, home insurance company, irc books
home insurance company, irc books, means of egress: Brian, That IS a stumper. From my understanding, an outdoor structure shall not be made to hinder means of existing egress, but I m not completely sure. I would think a call to your local building inspector might answer the question, but if they can...

Decks: Teak deck sealing, deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego
deck refinishing san diego, deck restoration san diego, deck cleaning san diego: Hi, It doesn t sound like you are getting the best advice from any of your contractors. I m not sure what a conditioner is, but I ve never seen one for teak wood and all we do is restore and maintain teak furniture and hardwood decks. One key question would...

Decks: covering a pea gravel pool deck, pea gravel, composite decks
pea gravel, composite decks, pool deck: Well, my expertise is mainly in carpentry and the building and finishing of wood and composite decks, but maybe I can offer a few ideas... I assume by pea gravel , you mean the type of concrete patio that has the pea gravel imbedded into the surface...?...

Decks: oil stain or oil paint on deck -- diff?, pressure treated decks, oil based paint
pressure treated decks, oil based paint, paint work: Oil based primer is used all the time on pressure treated decks, it is the only thing that will keep from the knots bleeding through, that being said I don t see why not, as far as the bondo, you should be ok, but I don t really know never bondoed a deck,...

Decks: Deck w/ Pergola - Girder beam, girder beam, butt joints
girder beam, butt joints, carriage bolts: Hi Shane, Well, without seeing it, or knowing the exact layout, spans, and other dimensions involved, I can only offer so much advice. I would think you would be fine to run two 1/2 carriage bolts through the 6x6 and double 2x8 girder. Even better would...

Decks: refinishing porch floor
Hi Laure, I can not give a direct answer as to what type of stain you should use because you are unsure of the type already in use. Instead I can give you some information on the types of stains and sealants available and how they may be used together....

Decks: Roof over a deck, deck roof, best guess
deck roof, best guess, rain snow: Hi Reggie, Although I have built a few deck roofs over the years, my specialty is really the deck itself, and each time I had to price one, I had to do a LOT of figuring and basically take my best guess at what was to be a fair price. All I could really...

Decks: Deck Footers, deck footers, sonotube
deck footers, sonotube, x14: Hello, I think that the 12 sonotube should be adequate. Using the anchors to attach the posts to the concrete is a good idea. Almost all footers need to be roughly 16 x16 however a tube will do, the main concern with footers is that they extend down to undisturbed...

Decks: Herringbone pattern on wooden deck
I really couldn t say for sure without being there and seeing it of course. Is he doing it at 45 degrees or some other angle? Is he trying to match up with where the old deck boards were positioned, and maybe the new stuff is a different width. One would assume...

Decks: TimberTech decking vs. Genovations decking
Hello I have installed timber tech but not heard of the lowes brand you mentioned, in my area all they have at lowes are trex and choice deck. With all the different ones on the market I have had the best overall performance with the lower priced choice deck...

Decks: TimberTech decking vs. Genovations decking, decks, decking
decks, decking, decking components: Hi Susan, Typically I consider size, shape, location, budget and how it will be used as well as many other factors when making recommendations to a client. Not knowing any of those things I still feel I can make some salient points about your decking options....

Decks: TimberTech decking vs.Genovations decking, deck, decking
deck, decking, decks: I have used TimberTeck decking but have never used Genovations. I can tell you though me favorite decking is Azek decking. I have been using it since it was called Pro Cell and have never had any issues going back more than 10 years. Azek decking has a lifetime...

Decks: deck roof
Hi Katy, I m not super familiar with working with floating slabs in my area. I m curious how an addition which is presumably attached to a main house structure (?) is on a floating slab. I m guessing that the same rules might apply to a deck or...

Decks: steel support posts under deck & porch
What if I drilled through the porch floor from above the post, then through the support wood above the posts, and through the ¼ inch steel plate at the top of the post and then poured cement into the post from the top? Could I get cement to pour through a...

Decks: safe surface for a wooden swing set
I would think a swing would cause no problems for the deck, I would attach the swing to the Joist so it does not tip over. I would also make sure the joist you attach the swing to have Simpson DTT2T ties on them so the deck does not pull away from the house....

Decks: planks
Hello Lillian, I am assuming you are referring to the deck boards themselves. An average circular saw will run along a wall with the blade about 1 1/2 from a wall or obstruction. If you mean that you are cutting *perpendicular* to the wall, then you should...

Decks: Railing
Well,it sounds like you are taking all of the important factors into account, and on the right track. Basically, I would think that if you design all of your holding grooves with dimensions that provide a little glass movement horizontally and vertically,...

Decks: deck railing
Hi Joe, In a case like this, a speed square is your friend. At this rise & run (which are the most common rise & run numbers I usually build my deck stairs to be), you angle should be around 37 degrees. Here s how you do it... Make sure that your...

Decks: Pressure-Treated Wood
Hello have you tested it against regular pine? both are porous also I would have thought cedar would increase the most weight wise, it is really porous. Also are you testing new PT or old already dried PT. It s my experience that new PT is really wet from...

Decks: leaking deck roof
Hi Loretta, Well, this is really more of a roofing than a deck question, but I ve installed and worked on many roofs in my life. Of course, there is no way for me to diagnose the exact problem of your leaks without am in-person examination. I would...

Decks: Porch tile
Hello, I m from the south, ga to be exact and not real familiar with frost heave however My main advice would be to make sure whatever you use is sealed very very well, any moisture that gets into the cracks will freeze and ruin your project. I have to lean...

Decks: ventilation for steps
Decks: ventilation for steps

Decks: ventilation for steps
Hello straight to the point. Ventalation? I don t think so also the risers should not be untreated. They need to be pressure treated also, you can still paint them white once there dried. Sounds like he s giving you excuses. I work in ga.so the Ventalation...

Decks: Building a Simple Step, treated step, patio step
treated step, patio step, simple step: Hi Beth, The project you have described should not be too difficult to build with a few basic tools. If you don t have access to a saw are unsure of your abilities using one, any of the big box stores should be able to cut the components to length for...

Decks: attaching deck to raised slab house
I would make a free standing, deck. Meaning I would have 3 footings down each side of the deck to carry the roof load. I would use wedge anchors in the brick, not for structural support but only to keep your 3-4 season porch pulled tight to the existing house...

Decks: Post base Support
Ok, this is a little difficult, only because I m not sure what you mean by certain things that you are attempting to describe. Please upload a photo or two, three, if at all possible. If not, then just let me know, and maybe describe it just a little better,...

Decks: Stairs/Rise/Run
Hi Angel, If you use the entire run with the amount of rise indicated the steps will be unusually long (and odd looking). Unless there is a compelling reason to use the entire run I would recommend shortening it somewhat. I use a href= http://www.blocklayer.com/stairs/stairseng.aspx...

Decks: Stairs/Rise/Run
Hi Angel, I can help you with this, but first I need to know how you are calculating your total run. Do you mean that you only have room for a maximum of 83 ? By the way, there is a great deck stair calculator, if that will help you, at: http://www.decks.com/calculators/stair...

Decks: Wood posts
Hello Tom Unless it s not acceptable in your situation you can sit the post above ground on a concrete pier and you shouldn t have any issues with rot. Thus not using a post base. There are only a few to choose from that are for 4 x 4s, If the deck is higher...

Decks: Wood posts followup
Hi Tom, Based on the information you provided I think the light duty ones from Lowes will be fine. The issues you are likely to have with a post base are as follows: Strength - in some applications it may be necessary for a post base to provide extra...

Decks: Wood posts replacement, Deck post anchors. deck support. six by six deck post's
Deck post anchors. deck support. six by six deck post's: I would use 6 X 6 post s, either green treated for ground contact, or cedar posts. I would also use Simpson strong tie post base bracket s on the bottom so the post is 1 off the ground. Simpson strong tie also makes fasteners for the top of the post. Their...

Decks: Deck
Hello Jerome, Well, I m a carpenter, not really a painter, but I ll tell you what I can. I ve heard and believe that a good quality outdoor stain is better than a water seal type of product....and the more solid the color in it, the more wear you ll...

Decks: Ipe railing posts splitting
Paul, As with any lumber exposed to the elements, splitting, checking, cupping, bowing, and the rest of things wood can do to displease us, is not uncommon. The main attribute of Ipe in particular, is it s density, which is way up on the scale. ...

Decks: 2nd Story porch/deck repair, story porch, porch deck
story porch, porch deck, outdoor carpet: Hi Vic. It all depends on wether the roof section is cantilevered out from the house. If it is then you may only need to support the center of the long span. I have done similar projects and placed 4 x 4 s to hold the roof up while repairing/replacing the...

Decks: ADDING A PERGOLA, railing system, hi mike
railing system, hi mike, pergola: Hi Stephen. It sounds like it would be strong enough to carry the additional weight. However, to be sure you may want to a local engineer/surveyor. It would be worth the $$$ in the long run. Also, if you require a permit, you would presumably need to submit...

Decks: add privacy lattice on existing deck, vinyl lattice, privacy lattice
vinyl lattice, privacy lattice, shade cloth: Hi Kym. I presume you want to put the lattice on the two ends. There are several ways to do this depending on your particular circumstances. You would need a post or two and attach one end of a top rail to the house and the other could be supported with a...

Decks: adding "floating narrow deck", narrow deck, deck structure
narrow deck, deck structure, deck area: Good evening Hope, Since my experience involves decks my first thought is to build some sort of deck structure over the area. If this area is a pathway then you could build a deck walkway over it you would just have to span the plastic far enough to use footers...

Decks: Bad Stain job on a deck, color stain, cedar deck
color stain, cedar deck, minwax: Dianne, we called Behr and complained that the paint we used was allowing the tanin acid (a chemical in the wood) to keep bleeding through after we asked the Experts at Home Depot the best way to paint the wood. After five coats, it was still coming through....

Decks: Building a deck over concrete stairs, concrete stairs, constructive advice
concrete stairs, constructive advice, building a deck: Hi Judy. Not that I know of. You might try this web site. You could try and send them details of your project and they might be able to help. Without seeing what is envolved, it is difficult to give constructive advice. Good luck. http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/howtobuildadeck.htm...

Decks: Building onto an exisitng Deck., pressure treated wood, work thanks
pressure treated wood, work thanks, scaffold: Thanks for the question, If you have no experience doing decks I would advise you to seek a pro.It is not that difficult to add on however you would be working from ladders or a scaffold of some type which is a little dangerous not to mention that pressure...

Decks: Building a Platform Deck, platform deck, deck boards
platform deck, deck boards, flat surface: Hi Mark. Probably the best way would be to buy some pressure treated 4 x 4 s and lay them out on a flat surface about 16 apart. Next, nail or screw the deck boards down with a 1/8 to 1/4 gap as the boards will shrink as they dry if using P.T. 2 x 6 ...

Decks: Building a roof over a deck, joist hangers, anchor plates
joist hangers, anchor plates, ledger board: Hi Deanna. It is a bit difficult to explain with text. Much better to draw it out on paper. However, here goes - 1. Attach a 2 x 6 ledger board to the side of the house. 2. Either dig holes or use anchor plates for 4 - 4 x 4 posts evenly spaced at the...

Decks: Building an Unattached Roof on an Existing Deck, joist hangers, deck size
joist hangers, deck size, pole barn: Hi Mike. You could set 4 x 4 posts in the ground just outside the deck without using concrete and watering in as you back fill with dirt. One post at each corner and one in between the 17 foot sides. Run a 2 x 6 rail all round the outside and then screw...

Decks: bad finish on porch decking, porch floor, sanding belts
porch floor, sanding belts, paint contractor: Hi Mike. You have my sympathy. I know exactly what you are dealing with. You really have two choices: 1. If the deck boards are cupped, which means they are not flat, you would have to use a belt sander. 2. If the boards are laying flat you could rent a...

Decks: Cedar shakes, panama central america, dry climate
panama central america, dry climate, turpentine: Hi Jordy. Sorry to say I am not qualified to answer your question. I have never had anything to do with cedar shakes either as siding or roofing. They are not used hardly where I have lived. California, Florida, Georgia, Bahamas and Panama, Central America....

Decks: Choosing the right deck stain color, white picket fence, decor advice
white picket fence, decor advice, vinyl siding: Hi Lori. Absolutely forget about it.....Just kidding. I am sorry to say I am not going to be responsible for fights between you and your spouse. Plus I have never been asked for decor advice. I try and avoid recommending stain of any sort as it does tend to...

Decks: Composite deck materials, composite deck material, composite deck materials
composite deck material, composite deck materials, composite decking material: Tim: I remember how excited I was when Trex was introduced and I could daydream about building a deck with boards that didn t split, crack, warp, or check like wood; was maintenance-free, and would stay beautiful forever. Alas, life does not ever get...

Decks: cleaning dirt from a recently stained deck, dirty paws, paw prints
dirty paws, paw prints, semi transparent stain: Hi Angie. I hate to admit but you got me on this one!!!I don t know what to tell you. It sure is bizarre and I have to assume that getting rid of the dog is not an option as I m sure you love him/her as much as I love my cat. May I respectfully suggest that...

Decks: cleaning mud off of redwood deck, oil soap, redwood deck
oil soap, redwood deck, document link: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/pdf1998/ross98e.pdf I found some information that may be helpful, it refers to the use of certain types of cleaners for redwood and cedar due to the tannins present in that type of wood. Page two on the document link above...

Decks: composite decking, yellow pine deck, pressure treated decking
yellow pine deck, pressure treated decking, center layout: If you are considering laying Trex over existing pressure treated decking I would recommend not doing that. You may end up trapping water and debris over time that will attract bugs and eventually rot. We ( my company) regularly replace pressure treated decking...

Decks: concrete post, concrete post, building a deck
concrete post, building a deck, e mail: When you write off centered I take that to mean that it s not in a straight line with the other posts, rather than not being straight-up-and-down, right? And, unfortunately, due to the amount of time it took to get my new computer installed so I could read...

Decks: correcting a sagging problem, wheel chair ramp, patio bricks
wheel chair ramp, patio bricks, repair concrete: Hello Eric First I would check for any cracked or rotted supports or band, the 2x10 or 2x12 s that the joists are nailed to. My next suggestion would be to use a 3 1/2 ton or larger jack to raise each section that is supported by a post and brace it to...

Decks: Deck blocks ?, deck blocks, deck block
deck blocks, deck block, proper soil: Hi, Daniel! You have the honor of asking my first question, so I hope I can give you what you need. First, when you refer to “deck blocks” I assume you’re referring to the formed concrete blocks that have slots in them that “two-by” lumber can be placed...

Decks: Deck design, floor joists, deck designer
floor joists, deck designer, tricky situation: Hi Paul. This is a tricky situation. A couple of factors should be considered. I assume that the floor joists of the deck run into the second floor and are cantilevered out. If these joists are in good shape and not rotted, then it should be fairly simple...

Decks: Deck levels, shrinkage factor, green treated lumber
shrinkage factor, green treated lumber, pressure treated lumber: This time the mistake was mine; for some reason--being sixty years old may have something to do with it--my brain was only firing on four cylinders and processed your sentence ...so when I add a new joist... as referring to the singular-- a joist. That...

Decks: Deck levels, minimal shrinkage, pressure treated lumber
minimal shrinkage, pressure treated lumber, elevation change: Hi Tom. If you make the new deck the same height as the existing one, there will be minimal shrinkage affecting the height. The most shrinkage is across the width of the new boards. However, if you wanted to make it at a different level to the existing, I...

Decks: Deck - lumber size for pier spans, lumber size, support beams
lumber size, support beams, question thanks: Good afternoon, Steve I m sorry if I didn t clarify earlier, but yea always use doubled beams for the support. If you are spanning 16 and your piers are all the way out to the end of the joists,and you are using 2 support beams ( I assume 1 at 8 the other...

Decks: Deck posts settled unevenly, deck posts, deck boards
deck posts, deck boards, lower deck: Hi Allyn. You do have a problem. There are several ways to correct it depending on wether the posts were set in concrete as they should have been. 1. If they are not in concrete, you could try screwing a short 2 x 4 to the side of the post, using a 2 x...

Decks: Deck and Staircase, groove siding, cedar tongue and groove
groove siding, cedar tongue and groove, tongue and groove: Good evening Karl, Sorry I haven t gotten back with you but I was in Illinois visiting relatives. Anyway, untreated pine will not last unless it is stained and sealed on all edges, That means if you didn t seal the cut ends as they were put together and any...

Decks: Deck Support, toe nails, 2x8
toe nails, 2x8, sq foot: Good evening Patrick, All hot tubs need added supports installed underneath. We normally use four by sixes placed as a beam turned up edgeways. One about 12 from the edge of the hot tub on one side, another 12 from the edge on the other side, and another...

Decks: Deck Support, concrete footings, correct consistency
concrete footings, correct consistency, hammer drill: Good Morning Rich, Well it seems you have a few different options that I can think of. You can excavate a small amount of dirt around the perimeter of the footer and then use some lumber to build boxes and pour new concrete on top of the old allowing it...