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Old 09-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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I had this patio step installed last June 2011. Should I apply some Thompson's WaterSeal right about now? Is it safe to leave it as is?
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Back up and take another picture.
Is that piece of wood under a sliding door

#1 It's to thick, they just made a funnel to make sure water is going to get in under the threshold and rot out the sheathing, subflooring and rim joist.
And no adding caulking to try and seal it is the wrong ansewer. That piece needed to be thin enough to not stick out behond the threshold, not be installed tight to the decking material.
# It's installed tight at the bottom, a sure way to have water get traped there and rot out the wood from wicking and never be able to dry out.
#3, Never use any Thompsons product, there rated lowest time and time agin by consumers digest.

If you use vinyl lumber instead it will not rot.

Did they even bother to use something like Storm And Ice shield behind it to protect the wall?

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Back up and take another picture.
Is that piece of wood under a sliding door

#1 It's to thick, they just made a funnel to make sure water is going to get in under the threshold and rot out the sheathing, subflooring and rim joist.
And no adding caulking to try and seal it is the wrong ansewer. That piece needed to be thin enough to not stick out behond the threshold, not be installed tight to the decking material.
# It's installed tight at the bottom, a sure way to have water get traped there and rot out the wood from wicking and never be able to dry out.
#3, Never use any Thompsons product, there rated lowest time and time agin by consumers digest.

If you use vinyl lumber instead it will not rot.

Did they even bother to use something like Storm And Ice shield behind it to protect the wall?
Yes storm and ice shield is behind siding.
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Back up and take another picture.
Is that piece of wood under a sliding door

#1 It's to thick, they just made a funnel to make sure water is going to get in under the threshold and rot out the sheathing, subflooring and rim joist.
And no adding caulking to try and seal it is the wrong ansewer. That piece needed to be thin enough to not stick out behond the threshold, not be installed tight to the decking material.
# It's installed tight at the bottom, a sure way to have water get traped there and rot out the wood from wicking and never be able to dry out.
#3, Never use any Thompsons product, there rated lowest time and time agin by consumers digest.

If you use vinyl lumber instead it will not rot.

Did they even bother to use something like Storm And Ice shield behind it to protect the wall?
What type of primer and paint should I use? How do I match the paint of the pressure treated wood to the paint of the steps?
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If you have any scraps leftover from the step installation, just take a piece to a REAL paintstore like Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore and they will use the instore computer matching system to get you a color match. If you don't have a scrap leftover, go to the above mentioned paintstore(s) and borrow a color wheel or some color swatches and match up the color that way.
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If you have any scraps leftover from the step installation, just take a piece to a REAL paintstore like Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore and they will use the instore computer matching system to get you a color match. If you don't have a scrap leftover, go to the above mentioned paintstore(s) and borrow a color wheel or some color swatches and match up the color that way.
Would it be a good idea to leave it as is with the wood color?
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If you have any scraps leftover from the step installation, just take a piece to a REAL paintstore like Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore and they will use the instore computer matching system to get you a color match. If you don't have a scrap leftover, go to the above mentioned paintstore(s) and borrow a color wheel or some color swatches and match up the color that way.
What type of primer?
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I used the composite decking for our patio steps/platform. Basically built 2 boxes out of 2x8 pressure treated lumber, set the smaller box(top) on the lower box then finished with the composite decking. The smaller box is secured to the lower box BUT the entire unit is not attached to house. Did not want to worry about putting holes in ledger. The thing weighs about 240lbs so its not going anywhere.

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Could I paint the composite deck steps and wood the same color as my siding?

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