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Old 07-21-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Eight month old deck issues


My deck was completed around the end of November, 2017. I travel a lot, so I have not spent time using the deck. It wasn't until I was attempting to get it stained about two weeks ago that the issues in the picture where brought to my attention and described as poor craftmanship. My deck is still under a warranty. I assume all the wood used to build my deck was pressured treated. Installers told me to let the deck dry out and stain within 6 to 12 months following the install. I'm really concerned about construction, stability, and safety in the long term. Do these pictures reflect normal shrinkage of pressure treated wood within eight months of installation, gaps and wood bowing?
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:53 AM   #2
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We will want to see how the deck meets the siding of the house.
How the structure is attached to the house and beams down stairs.
He might be able to re cut the corners and just move the boards in a little and re use them.
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PT will shrink, and warp, bow and twist.

Especially if it is wet when installing, normal, but a decent installer will repair those faults that you show under warranty, but get them informed right away, or lose the warranty.

How is it attached to the house, and how sound is the basic structure foundation.

posts in concrete footers to the frostline, beams affixed solidly, etc.


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The first picture is the most troublesome.
He built it upside down
I learned long ago that the only way to keep those top rails at the 45 to keep from opening up is to let them lay out in the sun for a week spreaded out so they can start to dry out before installing.
If there's money in the budget I use composite decking for the top rail so the joint is tight and there's no more cupping, checking issues, and can be done so there's no exposed screws on the top of the railing..
The ones in your picture where cut at the wrong angle in the first place, that's why it's wider on one end.
The wide decking spacing is likely caused because they spaced it out to begin with, which is not needed, as it shrinks there would have been gaps even if they installed them tight.
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Outdoor miters that wide will always move around, might be able to cut them and rescrew depending what's on the other end. Could also just put a block on top of them and put a solar light there.

The look down at the railing is normal shrinkage.

As others point out, these issues are not structural, but how does the main ledger look, and the beams, and what were the posts set into?
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That beam close to the house suggests its freestanding?

Id go with the block and light idea...
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That beam close to the house suggests its freestanding?

Id go with the block and light idea...
There is also a line of posts along the house side of the deck. Another sign that it's freestanding.
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Thank you. I've added more picture in an album.
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Thanks for rotating my picture
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Thanks for your post. Deck is attached to the house. There is a layer of wood covering a damaged area of the house from where an old deck was previously located.
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Deck attached to the house. I saw concrete was apart of the construction materials. I didn't see the deck post installation. I did notice the lower step base was built on top of harden concrete.
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Can we have a close up at this , is there flashing below the deck that is visible from below
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If there is wood behind this the needed to be flashing.
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LOL! Crazy deck pics.
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Can the bowing be corrected?
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