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Old 06-15-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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I just moved into a new home, and want to refinish and stain the deck. However, before I do that, I'm wanting to know whether the deck actually CAN be saved. It's quite old, so how do I know whether it's rotten? Can all decks be saved by a coat of stain?

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You need to look at the decking & support structure to see if it is rotting

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Check with an ice pick.
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Check with an ice pick.
or screwdriver which is what my home inspector did. You'll be able to poke into the wood easily if it's rotten.
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Thank you for the advice to check with an ice pick or screwdriver . . . I'll do that . . . I've also included a few photos of the deck. Can you tell by looking? It's in bad shape, but is it "savable" with a good stain?

I poked a knife into the deck, and it's just as difficult to poke a hole in the weaker parts of the deck as it is the healthier parts, so I'm taking that as a good sign it isn't rotten.
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"it's just as difficult to poke a hole in the weaker parts of the deck as it is the healthier parts" What does this mean? How do you define, "weaker"? To check a decks condition, you really want to check the structure that's under the deck, not the top. The actual decking can easily be replaced, but you're not saving a deck with a substantially rotted structure.
If you can't get under the deck, pop off a few boards at the both ends to see if the end grain of the joists are compromised. If they are okay, replace the deck boards that require replacing. Then clean, stain and seal.
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I’m seeing a deck with a few more years left in it.

You show one shot of a questionable board. You can always replace a few boards and not the whole deck for now.
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It does not look too bad to me. The wood does not have any cupping where it sinks in in the middle. The splits are pretty minor and the edges are not turning up.

I think you need to just clean and seal it. Do not hit it with lots of water pressure because it can split the wood. It just looks a little dirty. Clean and seal and it will be like new in my opinion.

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Would any of you recommend that I sand the deck before cleaning? Or, is that not necessary?

Thanks . . .
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The deck at my last house was in rough shape
I went over it with a sander before I stained it
Not the whole thing...just in spots where it needed it
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Can someone please tell me what kind of wood my deck is made of? Does this look like cedar or pine?

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Looks like pine. Are they 1x4's?
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When it gets that weathered it’s hard to tell.
If there is anywhere you can steal a sample and split it you should be able to still smell the cedar.
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Thanks for the replies, I think it is cedar, I broke a small piece off, and it smells like cedar. The reason I'm asking is because I've stripped the deck using deck wash, and now am starting to stain. But the stain I'm putting on looks orange in the can, but then looks brown (or just wet) on the board. I'm attaching the photo of a single stained board. Why does the board look so boring? Is it the stain I'm using, or is it the wood?
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You might want to start a post about this in the painting forum.

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