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Old 02-05-2013, 02:46 PM   #31
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Here's a good article from Professional Deck Builder magazine that explains about preservatives used to treat exposed wood. http://www.deckmagazine.com/wood/the...ervatives.aspx

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Thanks! Lots of information here. I'm starting to get excited about having a bigger deck now as well as more confident in the people I have talked to about building it.

As far as concrete goes, will the fast setting quikrete work or is there another type that needs to be used?
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I was just informed that my dad can get me a 10% discount at Home Depot with his government ID. What are your thoughts on buying lumber from them vs a lumber yard? I'v never really thought about it because all there wood seems to be warped and I always have to dig through to find good pieces. I'v only bought a few pieces of 2x4 or maybe 4x4 at a time there for small projects. That 10% discount is tempting though. Lumber yard charges $12.48 a piece for 16' premium decking boards and Home Depot charges $12.97 each(11.67 after discount). Any reasons to avoid them for something like that?
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Yes....support your local lumber yard.
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the only time I'd purchase lumber from HD or Lowes is if I absolutely have to have it right at this moment and the lumber yard is not open! Wood quality is typically better at a lumber yard, and you'll typically find more knowledgeable people working there.

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I guess I can get all the vinyl from Home Depot since its cheaper there then the lumber yard. Maybe even the hardware there also. There are bad reviews for the premium decking at Home Depot but their aren't many reviews which tells me the few people why took the time to write the review were just unlucky. Lumber yard offers free delivery also which is a plus. They also say they will come pick up any defective wood and replace it for free which I'm sure would be a huge hassle at HD.
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Is this just stained to get this color?


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Yes looks like stained cedar
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Yes looks like stained cedar
Cedar=expensive. Lol. I was told to wait a few months after I have my deck built before I seal or stain it. I like that brown color but I also like the natural color of the wood. To many decisions and I haven't even filed my taxes yet!
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What will be the easiest way to tear down my current deck? Just pry bars?
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Big pry bar, the bigger the better. Hammer, sledge and a reciprocating saw should get you through it.
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I'm thinking it won't be to hard since its put together with all nails and a lot of those are popping out on their own. The steps might be the hardest part.
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got a chain saw?
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No but I do have a sawsall if I need it. Lol. Should be a good stress reliever.
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Is there a stronger way to attach a deck to a house than a ledger board? If we go that route over free standing he mentioned another method instead of using a ledger board and securing the deck with long lag bolts.

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