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Old 05-04-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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The ends of some of my porch planks/boards are rotting, not the boards in their entirety. Some day I will likely rebuild the porch but for the time being would like to fix them so it doesn't look so horrible. Looking for a clever way to do this without having to rip them out. Here's a shot:
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I do not think there is any way, clever or not.
But what do I know, I am just a dumb painter.

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well you can try the Rot doctor? he has a web site called rotdoc.
But I agree that maybe way to late to save that.
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You could cut those boards back like 5 “, add a nailer and then a new board turned the other direction.
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You could cut those boards back like 5 , add a nailer and then a new board turned the other direction.
BINGO ! but i would use a larger board, at least a 10"x.
and you also have to be sure of what is under what you see.
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You could cut those boards back like 5 , add a nailer and then a new board turned the other direction.
I like this idea. You might need a couple same size as what you have rather than a wide one that will warp. And you have the posts to navigate.

Hope we are not seeing the tip of an iceberg and that you have something to sister a nailer to under there. Be careful to match the height or you will create one nasty trip hazzard.
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Hope we are not seeing the tip of an iceberg and that you have something to sister a nailer to under there.
Agreed, I'd want to get underneath and take a peak before cutting anything.

Should have mentioned that the first time.
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It will take longer, and end up looking like crap to try to save what you have. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and rip it out. You have reached that point in my opinion. You are probably going to find some rot in the substructure as you go along, so you will be able to fix that too. How does air get under the deck? Or does it?
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If you are going to do anything you should do it right. The joists must run right to left in the picture, one board at a time, find the nails at least one joist in, and pull them out of one board. If you have an oscillating saw cut the board off at line square in the center of the joist. Remove the end of the board. If not use a sharp 1/2" to 3/4" chisel flat side towards the house and (1) drive it in a quarter of an inch or so across the line. (2) From the outside at about a 45 degree angle chisel in toward the first cut removing a triangle shaped piece. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you cut through to the joist. Remove the outside piece. Stagger the joist cuts 2 or 3 joists so no 2 cuts are adjacent. If the joists are OK, I would soak the framing underneath with bleach to kill any rot fungus, let it dry and put a thick coat of paint, (oil base if you have it), on to seal them, (under side of new boards too). Replace the pieces you took out while the paint is still wet. They should last a few years

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