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Old 06-29-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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What do I do with rotting deck supports?


I've put off this task for as long as I could: I have a second story deck. A couple of the support boards are rotting and need to be replaced or somehow reinforced. I'm not sure how to do this, nor am I sure I have the strength to do a lot of overhead work. I'm attaching a photo of one of the two worst ones. Can someone give me advice on what to do?
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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Ok, that one picture tells us nothing. Not even sure what it's a picture of.

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Old 06-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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Looks like a joist or beam? Maybe? Just an uneducated guess
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Ok, that one picture tells us nothing. Not even sure what it's a picture of.
Let me draw you a picture: Arrows show the rotted sections.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Looks like a sill beam joist for upper deck, the question is how did it end up like that?

You will have to temp support that section then cut out and replace that section.

Upload different angled pics for us if you need further help.
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Need to see wider angle shots as a pic of a piece of wood that close up doesn't tell us a whole lot.
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Yes. That's what is rotting.
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Okay. I'll try to get some better pictures in the morning. Thanks
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Okay. I'll try to get some better pictures in the morning. Thanks
Yeah better pics so we can tell you exactly how and if you can fix or replace it.
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Pure speculation at this point, but you may need to add a sistered joist next to the rotten one and remove the rotten wood. Just removing the rotten section and adding new wood in its place may not be enough as that joist will no longer be one continuous uninterrupted member. Depends on the overall structure, what is above, etc. when it comes to structural issues you need to look at the overall picture and not just one element.
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I'd take it down and rebuild it. It looks like that deck is nearing or at end of life.

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