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Old 07-03-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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Two years ago, I built a deck and placed the boards wrong. Now I noticed they cup. I am totally sick and angry, I did not do my research. It is a huge deck.

Will the cupping continue? What options have I? Could I drill small holes to drain the rain?

This to me is much worse than a "loved one" passing. I'm just so angry at myself.

Please help me with suggestions.

PS=I dare not tell my beloved husband.

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It would help if you supplied some details.
Type of wood you used?
How the boards were fastened?
Was the deck ever sealed?
Exposure to the Sun
Constantly?
Intermittantly?

You might be able to sand the deck the way you sand floors to remove the cupping.
You might be able to flip them over.
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Meanwhile.......... #9: http://bct.nrc.umass.edu/index.php/p...ns-about-wood/

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Ron;
The answer to your questions; I used pressure treated decking boards. They were screwed, have sealed it twice and full exposure to sun.

Turning the boards over is not an option, due to the cut-outs of attached posts, including the stain "bloches" under boards. I would have to apply a very dark stain to camouflage. However; I do like your suggestion of "sanding". Hopefully; I can locate a professional??

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Ron;
The answer to your questions; I used pressure treated decking boards. They were screwed, have sealed it twice and full exposure to sun.

Turning the boards over is not an option, due to the cut-outs of attached posts, including the stain "bloches" under boards. I would have to apply a very dark stain to camouflage. However; I do like your suggestion of "sanding". Hopefully; I can locate a professional??

Trudy
There will be an issue with sanding surface mounted fasteners. The screws need to be set lower then the level of the theoretical sanded plane or the screw heads will eat through the sanding paper in a heart beat. A professional would not even attempt this without the screw heads set below the surface.
Another option is to remove each and every board and put it through a planer to remove the cup profile. Then reinstall the boards. So as not to have to put new holes in the boards, you would label each board and put it back in the same location on the deck.
There is no quick and easy fix to this problem, but sanding or planing would be the least expensive.
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