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Old 05-26-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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I have installed a new deck for a client using 5/4 X 6" decking at 45 degrees. Now 4 months later when its time to stain the deck the customer wants me to
1. Sand all the tips on the point of the 45 degree cut.
2. After shrinkage, he wants me to wood fill all spaces and gaps. At what point do I say enough is enough?
3. He wants me to bring a sander to sand the entire decking. It seems that he wants the PT decking to look and feel like trex. Is this process something that is done AT ALL to a pressure treated deck?
4. He will not pay and sign off on the job till I do the above. How would you reply?
5. There is nothing wrong with the job, the deck is solid, beautiful and clean finish.(He himself is a dentist and thinks the wood is a set of teeth.)
My third question is most important because I want to know if it is at all possible to do this without destroying my work. I forget to mention that the entire deck with screwed in.
Thanks for your reply.
Michael Avram
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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I have installed a new deck for a client using 5/4 X 6" decking at 45 degrees.
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1. Sand all the tips on the point of the 45 degree cut.
2. After shrinkage, he wants me to wood fill all spaces and gaps. At what point do I say enough is enough?
I'd say that would be enough for me on a PT deck. It's raw wood, not finished interior carpentry that will not be exposed to the elements (shrinking, expanding, cracking, etc)

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3. He wants me to bring a sander to sand the entire decking. It seems that he wants the PT decking to look and feel like trex. Is this process something that is done AT ALL to a pressure treated deck?
Nope.

What we do is: Carefully select the face/finished boards used, and sand down our rail caps, but that is it.

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Now 4 months later when its time to stain the deck the customer wants me to....
4. He will not pay and sign off on the job till I do the above. How would you reply?
How in the world did you end up doing a payment schedule that said you were going to be paid in full 4 months after the job?

You sound very new at this. What did you stipulate in your contract?
Teh reality is that, what your client wants and what a pressure treated deck "is", are two entirely, very different things...

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You could post your question over here: http://www.contractortalk.com/

But, be prepared for some smart-alec remarks...
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