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Old 09-22-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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Deteriorating bedroom deck


Hi all,

The below picture shows a deteriorating bedroom deck. It is exposed to the elements. The house was build circa 1930, but no info is known about the deck specifically. For obvious reasons, we never stand on the deck.

We will list the house for sale in a year or two, however, we may have to rent the place out instead, depending on the market. It is not clear if the house will be considered unsafe because of the condition of the deck.

I would need advice on how to inspect it. I suppose I could check for rot. I cannot tell how the deck is anchored to the brick veneer. Your thoughts are welcome.

I am also considering sawing it off. Is that feasible? If so, with what type of equipment? The french doors would then have to be "converted" into a window by a contractor.

I very much appreciate your input on any aspect of this project.

Many thanks in advance

Lydia
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This photo is familiar. This has been posted before. Wasn't the advice good the last time?
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I'd rid of it. It is always a liability. Looks like it's sitting on cantilevered beams recessed into the inside floor joists. There's noway to tell the condition of the beams along any length of them, unless care was taken during its history against weather damage.
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This photo is familiar. This has been posted before. Wasn't the advice good the last time?
I had posted the picture of the deck on the window/door subforum a few weeks ago. Back then I was focusing on how to replace the French doors, a relatively difficult job for me. The forumers gave excellent advice on how to order the French doors, but they also expressed concern about the deck. That is when I started rethinking the situation.

I am now leaning toward taking the deck down, but I am not sure how to go about doing that. I suppose I could use a chaimsaw. This job would be too big for a sawzall. Falling debris could cause problems.
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You need to disassemble it from top to bottom.
Use pump jacks or scaffolding.

You will have to build it back as a deck or block the door.
Blocking the door in my opinion looks like crap.

If you wish to build another deck.
Post some pictures once you demo'ed the existing.
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Since this house is fairly old, I would be very careful about what you decide to do. First are you sure that house is brick veneer and not solid brick? Either way if you just "saw it off" what do you do with what's left? There will either be a hole in the bricks with pieces of wood filling them in or if you remove it entirely now there is holes in the brick that could go all the way inside the house if those beams are cantilevered. To remove it properly you will need to carefully disassemble it and then once all the wood is gone you will have to find matching or at least close to matching brick and have a mason patch in the holes. On old houses there isn't typically an easy or simple fix if you want to do it correctly.
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