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  1. Painting
    I live in Metro Detroit. The deck is about 7 years old. I stained it last summer using Thompson's Waterseal and it is already peeling (it was power-washed, then cleaned with Valspar deck cleaner before being stained). I decided to re-do it again this summer. I power-washed it and then cleaned it...
  2. Building & Construction
    I am making a 12'x12' floating deck. I'm using 2x8 pressure treated lumber rated for ground contact for the frame. Bought from Lowes. Had it delivered and so didn't pick the boards myself. Though I might have missed this technicality if I had picked the boards myself since I typically look for...
  3. Painting
    I build this dock in Nov 2020 (been six months but half of that time was below freezing here in MN). I used AC2 treated 2x6. I'm looking to stain, and on my other exterior wood i've had good success of Cabot Semi-Solid New Redwood Oil-based stain. I will probably stick with Cabot. I'm looking...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hey y'all! I've been looking into the possibility of adding a roof to my back deck and maybe eventually turning it into a screened-in porch. I was looking at the supports on our current deck and realized the deck extends past the supports by a couple feet. In other words, the deck supports...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I am a new home owner, and as such totally new to the world of DIY, but I am excited to 'get my hands 'dirty' and improve various aspects around my new dwelling. One of the first things I want to tackle is my deck: As you can see the pain is peeling off in various spots, and I don't like...
  6. 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...
  7. Building & Construction
    I recently purchased a house with an older wrap around deck. Two of the deck posts have frost heaved and never settled back down. It was like this when we bought the house last fall so I suspect it has been like that for a long time. I dug down to see how the deck post was anchored and it's a...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am at planning stage of my deck and watched enough videos on the subject. I just want to confirm few things and get some opinion about some issues before I actually start digging post holes. I am planning deck at least 16 feet by 22 feet, can be little more or less depending on any structure...
  9. Building & Construction
    Need some advice for a 1st timer deck builder. Im in the process of installing the ledger board. Once i have taken off the siding On my garage side i noticed there no rim joist. How can i add more support to this. Seem like its just the 2x4 frame. Attached ment is my deck lay out.
  10. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am new to the forum and was looking for some suggestions for building a deck. I don’t have much carpentry experience, but I think I can manage. I have a uneven concrete patio that slopes, and would like to build a 12’ x 16’ that is no higher than 30” (so I can avoid building rails). I...
  11. Building & Construction
    I'm in the process of designing a deck and I want to build out a small triangular section (6' x 6') to allow access to my pool. In all the deck plans I've managed to get my hands on, I never see two beams joining up in a Y like in the image below. Is it allowed to make such a joint rather than...
  12. Building & Construction
    We replaced our deck with a screened in porch. I made a video of the project. we used vaulted trusses, but installed the ceilingup against the roof, so the trusses are exposed. We really like the look. what do you all think? Deck to screened in porch
  13. Building & Construction
    Hi! I had the crazy idea to build a pool, hide my daughters trampoline or both underneath our slightly raised deck. Our current deck is about 1' off the ground. The dimensions of the actual deck boards, which are 1"x6" redwood, is about 10' wide x 24' long. I thought with some cuts, the right...
  14. Carpentry
    Replacing a deck, and adding new section. Looks like Lowes, Home Depot, several manufactures online, all have a different design software that will generate plans, materials lists. Planning on using Trex for treads, treated lumber for everything else. Thanks...
  15. Carpentry
    Just had a new composite deck installed this week. Come home on the final day and immediately notice it is not fully square. Granted, no one else will notice and my wife still hasn't noticed. I just got off phone with contractor and he's willing to slash $500 and try to fix it on Monday. He...
  16. Building & Construction
    I'm resurfacing my dock, which has 2x4s on type of pipes for frame. My decking on top of 2x4s will be treated 2x6s. I done some reading on screw length, and based on experience seems that 2 1/2 length exterior screws will be sufficient for this job, but 3" is also an option. With 2 1/2 inch...
  17. Building & Construction
    My new 10x13 deck is almost done and needs stairs. Deck floor is 41in. from ground, stairs opening is 36 in. (the min allowed) and we access deck from the house 95% of the time, so stairs are used occasionally for taking trash out, access alley ... Given all the many [small?] mistakes I made...
  18. Building & Construction
    I am wondering if anyone might have some suggestions on solving this drainage issue with our vinyl deck. We used to have 2 separate decks but upon rebuild we have them joined with a narrow walkway. There was previously a downspout where the new walkway currently is. Initially, we were going to...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, Question - Is it ok to use composite deck screws for holding T1-11 siding and/or 3/4 plywood for roofing ? I've used them and they seem to hold great, but I'm curious if there are any long term problems with these kinds of fasteners in regular wood. Thank you !
  20. Building & Construction
    Ledger board is firmly attached to house, sitting on stone foundation, and with 1/2in. spacers from brick wall. This allows for easy water flow down brick wall, behind ledger board, and out from underneath the board. [photos below will help understand the situation] I thought I would simply...
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