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Old 06-27-2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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ideas to correct a short deck


Hello
recently my above ground pool collapsed. when the pool company installed the replacement pool ( 52" in height) the deck around the pool is now 7.5 " lower than the pool and there is an empty space of about 5.5 inches between the deck and the pool top rail.
Any ideas on how to correct this?
I greatly appreciate your input.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Build yourself a wide walkway atop your existing deck, to fill the gap between the deck and pool, and to make a level area around the pool at pool height. This will make a step down from pool height, to deck height, and solve the problem.

Or build an entire new deck at the pool height, you did say that something has collapsed.

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Old 06-27-2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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Hard to say how to fix something we can not see.
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ideas to correct a short deck-img_7569.jpg

here is a picture of the pool and the low deck
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How about some pictures from underneath showing the framing (no closeups needed).

It's very possible that the deck could be jacked up and the supporting post replaced with longer ones.
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I would remove the current deck boards. Thoroughly inspect the footings, posts, beams, and joist. If its worth saving, tune-up as necessary tightening screws, bolts, and anything loose. I would also take the opportunity to stain the existing support structure while it is accessible.
Next raise the joist structure 7.5 inches by adding new treated 2 x 8 joist on top of the existing. You should be able to place your new joist directly on top of the old. Cantilever the pool side joists to make up the current 5.5" gap. Tie the new and old joists together with either steel mending plates or make your own using 1/2" treated plywood. Re-deck with the same thickness of boards that you removed and you will be 7.5 inches higher.

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