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Old 07-14-2008, 06:54 PM   #1
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Daughters old deck came off today. YIKES, now what?


Daughter got the green light to tear off the ground level deck that was rotted beyond belief. have posted of this project before but sake of catching people up,the house was built in '81 so assume deck was too. might have been cedar 2X8's supporting it laying ON the ground,,there was a 4X6 buried in the ground most of the width out,,,all was rotted to maybe 2" wide left. I have NO clue how it stood as it did.

This deck is attachd on two sides to the house

Okay when this old deck was attached to the house it was nailed THRU the stucco outside siding, thru blackjack sheathing and into rim joist,,,NO flashing cant even see any sealant at this point. SO the bottom of the rim joist is punky and various stages of rotten as well as alot of sill plate,you can reach under the existing wood and stick your whole hand in the block wall holes.

Inside is a finished basement all around. Can one just replace 2X4 or 2X6 space????(whatever one can dig out of this area from outside) and slip new one in?? Without replacing the WHOLE sill plate??This is a two story tudur style house with stucco siding(and 1x3 trim and some wider)

HOW are decks attached and flashed these days PROPERLY???To prevent further or future damage??

I saw somebody say NOT to use PT if in contact with cement blocks,,why is that??

This looks MUCH worse than I even THOUGHT it might be,,where to start and stop??? Thanks for replies--d--

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Daughters old deck came off today. YIKES, now what?


I don't know your skill level so forgive me if I underestimate you. But you might want to bring in a contractor to deal with the sill plate/ rim joist. There is some heavy grunting going on and the skill level is above most DIY capabilities. While they are there, you could have them look for other issues that you might not be seeing.

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I don't know your skill level so forgive me if I underestimate you. But you might want to bring in a contractor to deal with the sill plate/ rim joist. There is some heavy grunting going on and the skill level is above most DIY capabilities. While they are there, you could have them look for other issues that you might not be seeing.
Good advice, hire a contractor. I believe you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
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i hope you have another daughter with a sound deck to hang out on.
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