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Old 08-22-2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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I have a very large deck old but sturdy. The boards topside are splintering and old with weather cracks. One day I noticed the under sides were in beautiful shape. I know it sounds cheep!! but I'm looking at $1,500.00 bucks to replace them. Has anyone out there had experience at reversing there deck boards?


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Yup
Not my own, but have done it for others
Almost not worth the effort, it depends on how they were originally attached, and how well they are still attached
Takes more time then just demo-ing, as you must be really careful
Same with re-assembly
Also, your finish options can be limited depending on what you've got

If you have a good candidate, it can come out well and save you some bucks in materials

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Done it. You need to be careful removing them. Count on damaging some and needing a few new boards. Should be easier if they were screwed down.
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The more splintering and cracks you have the harder it will be. Make sure you get a good nail puller instead of prying the whole board up
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Typically the deck boards are installed crown up / cup down. Just keep an eye out for any cupping as you flip them and replace if necessary. You don't want to allow any water a place to accumulate. Although this may be a non-issue due to the age of the deck and the boards may have flattened out by now.
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Typically the deck boards are installed crown up / cup down. Just keep an eye out for any cupping as you flip them and replace if necessary. You don't want to allow any water a place to accumulate. Although this may be a non-issue due to the age of the deck and the boards may have flattened out by now.
Thanks this is my next project

Thanks for reminding me about the cup's I had forgotten about this!

These are all 20 ft's.
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I have done it and will not do it again.

To me it is too much trouble. If a professional was charging you to do it, it would be more money to reverse them, then to put new ones on.
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I have done it and will not do it again.

To me it is too much trouble. If a professional was charging you to do it, it would be more money to reverse them, then to put new ones on.

Thanks I must think about this again

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It might not be a lot more money, but I would charge you a little more for the extra work.

Are the boards screwed or nailed?

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It might not be a lot more money, but I would charge you a little more for the extra work.

Are the boards screwed or nailed?

I'm a do it your self in Mich.
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Oh I know, I was just giving you a little more info.

If the funds are not available to buy new decking, I would reverse the current ones in a heartbeat. It just takes a little longer but if you are a diyer, time is not something you will have to be worried about.

Are the current ones screwed or nailed?
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Oh I know, I was just giving you a little more info.

If the funds are not available to buy new decking, I would reverse the current ones in a heartbeat. It just takes a little longer but if you are a diyer, time is not something you will have to be worried about.

Are the current ones screwed or nailed?
The current boards are nailed, but they will come up easy
I all ready tried one.
Also if I have a hard one I have a garage floor jack that will lift five ton, so with this I can pry up the boards with no problem.
After this is all re installed I plan on renting a flat floor sander and sand the whole deck give it a coat of a good stain. What is so good is the deck is square, no angle cuts
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I plan on renting a flat floor sander and sand the whole deck
Be sure to set the screws/nails below the wood level
Those sanders don't like metal too much
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The current boards are nailed, but they will come up easy
I all ready tried one.
Also if I have a hard one I have a garage floor jack that will lift five ton, so with this I can pry up the boards with no problem.
After this is all re installed I plan on renting a flat floor sander and sand the whole deck give it a coat of a good stain. What is so good is the deck is square, no angle cuts
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Sounds like a plan! If they are nailed, I dont see any problems that you will have.

BTW- When I was talking about more money for reversing them, I was talking about them being screwed down and having to take all screws out, which means a ton of work.

Good Luck!
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good luck renting a floor sander if you let them know it is for a deck
you are sanding hardwood floors if you catch my drift

and be careful with those things. They can sand a hole right through the deck in no time. Use rough grit. 60 or courser

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