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Old 03-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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I currently have a 24x18 deck and some of the decking boards are getting bad. The reason is because who ever built it before I moved in used 2x10 for the joists which is a good thing but the when the decking boards were nailed on top of the 2x10 end to end that part is starting to come apart and rot because they have 4 nails all in a small area. My question is what could I use for a joist in the areas that I need to connect the decking area end to end. Hope this makes sense.

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Make since? Sort of.
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Just nail a 2 X 4 to the side of the joist if the fasners need to be moved back some.
Use ceramic coated deck screws not nails when attaching the new deck boards.
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Hope this makes sense.
maybe .....

a photo would certainly clear things up and get you useful answers

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use always stainless steel screws, in some woods non stainless steel screws or nails provoke stains, then the ends of the deck boards need to be sealed, this is to close the pores of the wood grain, and we (we are a hardwood exporter) we seal with parafine, something like candle wax, but in your hardware store there must be some kind of sealer.
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use always stainless steel screws, in some woods non stainless steel screws or nails provoke stains, then the ends of the deck boards need to be sealed, this is to close the pores of the wood grain, and we (we are a hardwood exporter) we seal with parafine, something like candle wax, but in your hardware store there must be some kind of sealer.
only problem with your theory is Stainless steel screws are :
1) too damn costly
2) Much weaker than good quality decking screws that tear into the wood.
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Joe's post makes the most sense. scab a 2x to the sides of the joists to extend the available flat nailing surface and re screw the deck boards to the scabbed 2x. if the ends of the deck board are really bad cut back one or two joists from the bad deck board seam and replace with new deck boards.
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I use ceramic coated decking screws.
Far less cam out and 1/2 the price of stainless.
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What Joe said, and through drill and countersink the deck boards, pilot drill the nailer, and use good square drive stainless steel screws. Assuming ACQ, that stuff is hell on ferrous fasteners, and Aluminum.

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I use the Kreg decking system which puts the screws ( for pressure treated wood) in on the side of the planks. No need to countersink or pilot holes. Great system.
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like the camo system
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Kerg is a great tool system but has no use when installing top side deck screws.
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thats the whole point Joe, WHY install your screws from the top, when you can make it sooo much better by installing from the sides. Far superior for durability, strength, not to mention the looks.
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His issue is with the ends of the boards, not in the middle.
Sure way to split it out screwing from the sides on the ends.
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