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  1. Building & Construction
    First time poster here. I have what appears to be some rot on the edges of the boards on my deck. Is there anyway to "plug up" these holes, or do the entire planks need to be replaced at this point? I've attached two pictures with the problem areas circled in red. Thanks for your time.
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I am thinking about building a small deck off a ledge wall near my house. I want to attach a PT 5' 2x8 to the ledge wall and use it as a header board to support the backside of the deck. The deck is nothing to big, roughly 5' on backside (header board side), 12' front side and 12' wide, like...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi All, I'm looking for some advice on what to do with a tilting 6x6 post. This is for an octagon gazebo connected to a large deck, all on one level. I designed the posts to pass through the decking down to the footings. They are 12' long, with about 4' below the deck line to the footings...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    We are buying a house with a deck with stairs coming down to the backyard. The home inspector noted that there is no graspable handrail and I want to fix this. I'm also as cheap as can be. I looked at all alternatives I could think of including ready made, galvanized pipe, oak rails etc. and...
  5. Carpentry
    I have a house that was built in 2006 that has 2x8’s running through the brick out with a header shown. The floor joists are, most likely, attached to a Ledger on the wall that's hidden behind the brick veneer. Currently the deck is 24” on center and was contemplating adding another joist in...
  6. Building & Construction
    Just bought a house with a metal roof that has a deck about 7ft off the ground & a metal roof. We've received a lot of rain and found that the connection of the deck roof to the house needs some help and I think that the deck roof needs more support underneath as well. One of the pics shows...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone Looking to started a new deck build but I have a question regarding ledger boards. The one which was installed by our builder is only nailed in. Would I need to remove this and replace it with a new one if I wanted to use lag bolts or could I use lag bolts on the existing ledger...
  8. Building & Construction
    We have a ground level deck we had built a few years ago. It ended up being too high off the ground so we added a surrounding step to help close the gap and make it less of a tripping hazard. The ground is not completely level, and there is still about a 5” gap along parts of the steps. We have...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm new to the community and am looking for advice on a project. We are extending our deck as part of my son's Make A Wish dream. We have an EIFS-clad house in Illinois. The contractors "finished" yesterday and when I did a walk around I noticed some alarming things. Namely, the ledger...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I hope this is an ok way of doing this creating a new post as I lost traction on the original. I am coming back to this post: Deck post replacement as I have a few more questions and clarification so that when the ground thaws i can hit the ground running. Everything on the...
  11. Building & Construction
    I plan on building an unattached 8x5.7x4.2' deck. I've made up a basic design on how I've seen decks built several years ago and am having difficulty finding out if its a design that is still used and up to code. The county here goes by 2018 IBC. Now most of the designs I see have beams. Also...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    I have a sliding glass door which opens onto my deck which is levelle with the floor. I see that the wood under the door has small rotten section. What would be your recommendations to fix this? Do I need a pro to fix this? I am thinking to I set a ply board section and use wood filler to fix...
  13. Building & Construction
    Has anyone added floor vents to their attached low deck near the house to allow for ventilation? I have proper grading under the deck, however I am using 1x6 nominal IPE and am nervous about cupping. I'm wondering if there are vents like Qwickgrates...
  14. Building & Construction
    Good evening all, Having a contractor reface my deck and install new footings. See picture of the 4 6x6 installed to hold the rim joist. They notched each column, but noticed the corner notched beam is NOT holding the rim joist. See the picture and the clear gap. All the weight for the deck...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hi - I’m looking into building a lower deck below the current deck (House is built on a slope, basement is above grade in the back). The upper deck is attached to the house and supported by 6x6 posts. How do I secure the lower deck beam to the existing posts, if possible? Do I notch the existing...
  16. Building & Construction
    I'm replacing a small deck, rebuilding from scratch. There are adhesive anchors in the cinder block foundation wall that are in perfect shape. How do I transfer the precise location of the anchors onto a new ledger board? These are 1/2" stainless steel threaded studs protruding about 3" from...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    I am looking to repair a few problems with my deck. It is connected to the second level of the house in the back, and 10' x 16'. There is a bow in the header or rim joist at the outside end. It is pulling away from where it's connected to the joists at a 90 degree angle. It is largest at the...
  18. Building & Construction
    I found that when installing deck boards which aren’t straight, I can use a pry bar to gently get them into proper position so that i can screw then down.. the result looks pretty good. Is there a danger that these boards could pop? I’m using 2-1/2” exterior grade deck screws. Thank you
  19. Painting
    I want to apply a sealer over a recently solid stained deck, but want some gloss. It's difficult to find a product --- every one I see has a five star review followed by a one star, "don't wast your money;" "doesn't work," "turns white after a rain," etc. Anyone out there with a good experience?
  20. Building & Construction
    I would like to attach this ledger board for a deck and building on my house to these two rim Joists that sit on the concrete foundation. The problem is I think that these may be floor trusses? I was thinking of using lag bolts along the two chalk lines I threw down which run along the center of...
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