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  1. Worth Replacing Boards or Paint Another Year?

    Building & Construction
    I inherited this deck about 4 years ago with home purchase. Small but nice. Some rotting 2x6s I put some hardcore filler in. Treated joists under in good shape and railing also sturdy (and will just paint). Trying to decide the following options (in order of effort/cost): 1) scrape and...
  2. PC Ultima Decking vs. PT Lumber...Can't decide

    Building & Construction
    I have been debating for the past 3 days about redoing my 12x23 deck with Composite/PVC or PT 5/4x6. The Composite decking at the big box stores and at the lumber yard is too expensive for me, yet a local salvage yard keeps in stock PC Ultima PVC deck boards for $1.39 /LF. PT premium decking...
  3. Trex Deck cleaning

    General DIY Discussions
    We purchased our condo in the summer of 2010 and the two composite decks had been cleaned and looked beautiful. Last year, not so much. We attempted to clean with various products and they still looked bad. This year after a lovely western Washington winter, I am mortified at how bad they look...
  4. A deck cleaning idea

    Building & Construction
    I was wondering if the following would work well for a composite deck heavily stained with black mold. Power washing by itself never seems to really get it clean unless you go inch by inch. What if I mixed a bleach/water (or olympic deck cleaner, or whatever) together with something to thicken...
  5. Deck screws mushrooming...

    Building & Construction
    I am making progress on my deck, finally installing the deck boards!! Is there a way to reduce the amount of mushrooming on the composite - choicedek boards? I put down 5 boards, pre drilled 1/2 and simply screwed 1/2 and all have mushroom effect to them. Any suggestions??? I have "tapped"...
  6. Trex Deck vs Latitudes - Which is better?

    Building & Construction
    I've read mixed reviews on Trex, but can't seem to find any information on Latitudes decking materials. I'm putting in a new deck, and want to use one of these two materials. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these brands that can give me some advice? I have two highly recommended...
  7. Building a deck - another project for later this summer (Question re: materials)

    Carpentry
    An attorney friend of mine wants to add a deck to her house this summer. I've reviewed several articles on deck building & think I can help her with the plans & do the construction. Based upon the severe weathering & maintenance required on my redwood deck (we live in Louisville with extremes...
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