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  1. Building & Construction
    this pic shows how the columns supporting my deck aren't evenly spaced. Aside from looking dumb, does this compromise the structure of the deck?
  2. Building & Construction
    Hi all! I just bought a house a few months back and now that summer is around the corner I’ve shifted my focus to working on the backyard. I’m somewhat new to home repairs but I wanted to get advice about my back deck. The previous owner had a hot tub that they took with them, leaving me with...
  3. Building & Construction
    I am working on a 2 story deck. I plan to extend out a platform from the second level deck that will be a stair landing. The landing will mirror the lower deck which is angled back toward the house on 1 side, The perimeter beam of that side on the existing lower deck joins at about 140 deg., if...
  4. Carpentry
    This is my first post on here.I am planning to replace an old non ledger deck at my home. I have a couple of obstacles I need ideas on how to overcome. 1. The posts are round metal posts like a lally column only without the beam plate. Instead they have welded angle iron onto the post which...
  5. Carpentry
    Hi Everyone, I currently have a 9x12 concrete patio off the back of my house and would like to build roughly a 14x28 deck in its place. It would be great to not have to remove the concrete patio and just build over it. I have 3" of clearance when stepping out from my back door, so the thought...
  6. Building & Construction
    I am planning on building a platform deck near our in ground pool. The frame will be 8 feet wide and 24 feet long. How do I join the boards to create the 24 foot length of the frame? I am assuming I will join two 12 (maybe three 8 foot lengths???) foot boards and I am unsure how to join them. I...
  7. Building & Construction
    I was in Home Depot getting wood for a diy deck. I'm a 30yo lady mind you. I knew I needed PT lumber, I knew I needed 4x4 posts set in concrete. My question to the HD guy was if it mattered if I used 2x4 or 2x6 to frame the floor and as joists. This contractor was more than happy to help...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hello, I am building a 32x16 deck and county inspector has failed the deck framing inspection for the following reasons- Deck joists over span. They said the joists cannot be longer than 14 feet. Currently mine are ~15.7 feet. Deck bolted to blocks on OSB. They said you are not allowed to do...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hello all, I am needing some advice on some lumber. Mainly where to find it. I have a deck I have been building at my house for sometime now. It is rectangle in shape and is 16'x32' squared, and sits no higher than 4 feet off the ground. I am a amateur at this and have been learning as I...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hello friends, I built a large wrap around deck for my country house. 3 sections:
  11. Building & Construction
    I have a portion of my deck that projects out at 45 degree angle from the rest of the deck. The 45 degree angle is towards a BBQ island and an exit from the concrete patio. The deck abuts a concrete patio for about 27 feet of its length. I am wrapping steps around this projection and along the...
  12. Building & Construction
    I'm looking to build a very small balcony -- probably large enough for two people to sit -- outside my window, on top of the slanted roof of my side porch. Pictures: From inside the window, the part of the roof I'd ideally be building on: http://tinypic.com/r/2vlqypt/5 The whole roof from...
  13. Building & Construction
    Total beginner looking at building a platform deck with slanted roof to protect me while I am eating my hamburger while it rains. Plus a small room for guests during the summer only. Nothing fancy. Some more info from a previous post post. General info: Experience: None but motivated; have...
  14. Building & Construction
    I recently built a deck and discovered that my baluster spacing is too large by 1/4". The spacing is 4 1/4" vs. 4" per code. I used 3/4" diameter aluminum balusters and I am looking for a way to increase the diameter. i.e. adding a plactic sleeve around the baluster. Has anyone run into...
  15. Carpentry
    Firstly, Good evening everyone! Wink here from Southern Md. I look forward to helping you guys/gals out, I'm more experienced with the Electrical questions but love to do just about anything around the house. I currently am in the process of replacing my pressure decking with Guard Deck all...
  16. Building & Construction
    I'll soon be putting in a deck on an old (but solid) concrete slab. "Sleepers" will be 2x6 on edge (because I'm extending 18" past the slab). I want to put some non-compressable, non-rotting item under the sleepers and shims to keep the wood up off the slab and out of the water. I've seen...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    hello i need help? i build a deck about 6 to9 month ago and i used fiberon horizontal "IPE" and it WARPED all over i hate it now i have to take it all apart and see what the problem!, anyone can help me? does this happened all the time with Fiberon? did anyone went throu this?
  18. Building & Construction
    I'm new to blogging so please let me know if I'm doing this wrong. I saw another blog, but it was dated 2011 so thought it may be better to post a new thread. PROBLEM I have some slight swaying/wiggling when you walk out to the outside corners of the deck. I want it rock solid so would like...
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