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Old 03-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #256
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I want to go outside and play on my deck!
so go get a couple sheets of plywood and tack them down on the joists and sit on your deck ..... especially if the sun is shinning!

nice place to sit and have that cold one

if you don't use the plywood just be careful where you step, don't want to step over a joist and your foot fall in between them "ouch"

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #257
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I actually started to do that yesterday but not for me. Just for the dog. Then I realized I'd have to put temp stairs down and it would be a lot of crap for the guy to move out of the way.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #258
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I can't remember if you guys told me this or if the builder did. I need to wait 6 months after buying the wood before I stain or seal it? I know the wood is really wet and almost feels like you can ring water out of some of it. I am thinking of staining a light tannish brown color but I want to do it right. Wood was delivered at the end of February so I'm waiting until end of August or early September to stain? I love the look of the fresh clean wood but I know it will all dry out and turn a grayish color like my old deck which was just ugly and I dont think any amount of stain would have helped that deck out.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #259
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Welcome to the world of treated Pine...There are reasons that it's the cheapest decking material on the market.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:00 PM   #260
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So am I right about waiting a full 6 months?


I bought some solar powered post caps at Home Depot yesterday because they were cheap and had 4 stars on hd's website. When I got home I figured out that they do not fit over the vinyl sleeve and its made for the top of the bare wood post. I told the builder I would mark the ones I plan to put the lights on so he won't glue the other caps down. I think I can make these work by simply cutting out 1" thick squares off of the scrap 4x4 I have and screwing them to the top of the posts after all the sleeves and railings are on. The lights mount with 2 screws on the sides and will go into the 1" of wood I screw down to the top of the posts. Will this work? What could I use to make it water tight around the bottom of the light caps that won't look ugly but is removable?

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Instead of making something I bought fit,
I would exchange them for something that fits.

I'm like that.

And yes, wait for the wood to dry before stain/seal.
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And ask him to lay the deck boards tight.
They shrink when they dry out giving you
the proper spacing.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:22 PM   #263
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Instead of making something I bought fit,
I would exchange them for something that fits.

I'm like that.

And yes, wait for the wood to dry before stain/seal.
The other light caps are $20+. If I can make these cheap ones work then I will be happy with that. It's not much work cutting 12 1" squares to save quite a bit of money.

Most of the decking on the main deck are down and yes they are tight against each other. I wish they would stay that way. For some reason he stopped with only 2' left of the main deck not covered with deck boards. Now he supposedly is going to finish up that plus the stairs and small platform along with the railings tomorrow. I'm not getting my hopes up on that yet.
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I went to Home Depot yesterday to ask about gates for my stairs. They said that they didn't carry any in the sizes I will need but they might could cut a rail kit to a custom size and put hinges on them for me. They are going to call me back Monday and let me know for sure. Each rail kit is about $70 compared to $189 or so for one of there prefab gates that they do sale but would be to big. Can't wait to see what they say when they call me back. They weren't sure how sturdy they would be if cut but I think they are designed to be cut because they have to fit it tight spots sometimes. I never knew Home Depot could be so helpful.
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Wheres the deck pictures? We havent seen anything in a couple weeks.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #266
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building a deck is not just a short term price efficiency, you have to calculate over time and yes can can buy treated pine, but what about labour costs and after a couple of years more labour costs on cleaning and maintenance, while your deck is just getting older whilst you keep on spending money on it. Therefore we recommend you to make a long term sheet on costs (20 - 30 years) and compare this with installing a hardwood deck not to speak about the increased value of your house.
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Wheres the deck pictures? We havent seen anything in a couple weeks.
Deck floor is down at this point. I'll take pictures later today. It's looking like it won't be done today either so ill have to cancel my Monday inspection since its going to rain tomorrow and Monday. Maybe Tuesday it will finally be done but I'm not getting my hopes up until the inspector comes and goes. Been told it'd be done 3 different days now so only time will tell. On the bright side, I can walk on it and let my dog out the back door which was the biggest inconvenience during the process. Dog it happy! Lol.

Pictures will be posted this afternoon. The part that's done is looking really good!
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Please tell me the railing posts aren't notched
around the band and rim joists.
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Please tell me the railing posts aren't notched
around the band and rim joists.
He did. I'm waiting to see what inspector says. If they have to be redone then that's on him. Considering the deck was supposed to be done a while ago I'm sick of worrying about it. I have extra decking boards but he will buy the 4x4s. He's supposedly going by the code book.

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