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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi all-- I hope everyone is healthy and safe and staying sane. I'm trying to keep my mind and hands occupied by building a grade level deck that will connected by stairs to an upper landing. I've got the deck plans squared away and in for permitting, but I'm having trouble drawing the plans...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Last year my husband and I bought a beautiful passive solar home in foreclosure. Well, it COULD be a beautiful home! It needs a lot of cosmetic work. The 2 large decks are pretty rotted, the in ground pool hadn't been drained or maintained in years. And the landscaping was let go until it looks...
  3. Building & Construction
    I have a few footings that are crumbling, just falls apart when I touch some of them. Where the 6x6 lays it is solid and I can not move it but all around it crumbles on some. It appears at the top of the footings only. I'd have to dig down to be sure. My question , is this normal? Should I be...
  4. 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...
  5. Building & Construction
    Anyone have any opinions on PVC roll membrane vs the liquid-application type waterproofing systems for decks? I have narrowed it down to one of the above, but finding good pro vs. con comparisons of the two systems are mysteriously hard to find! :huh: I'm interested in maintainability (both...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi guys, I just moved to a new house and there is currently an old dingy deck sized at 8'5" x 10'2" I am planning on tearing it out and building one sized at 8'5" x 22'5" adjacent to the current deck are concrete slabs that are sitting about 9" high, should I remove those slabs/blocks or can I...
  7. Building & Construction
    I am looking for opinions on the best type, design, & fastener scheme for outdoor decks in humid areas, such was we have in Hawaii. We are debating whether to go with trex, cedar, or (?) and whether to try concealed fastener systems or go with exposed stainless type screws. Many jobs in our area...
  8. Painting
    All roads lead to giving pressure treated wood 2 to 3 months average time to "dry" before considering staining (or whenever the water droplet test passes). My client is suggesting stacking the new lumber under his carport to dry. I'm concerned that not being installed, it may tend to warp and/or...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Greetings fellow DIY'ers! I'm a professional handyman from the Charlotte NC area. I left behind the corporate world three years after college to put on my jeans and pick up a hammer. I've been framing, remodeling, tiling, etc since then and wouldn't change anything about the past twenty years...
  10. Building & Construction
    A friend of mine is staining his cedar deck before it gets too cold in Michigan to do it. Last year he had planned on staining, so he did some sanding to open the pores and then ended up not staining. He ran out of time. His question now is, how long are the pores of the cedar open? And does...
  11. Building & Construction
    I am looking for a used hidfast gun for installing decking. One that works of course. New they are very expensive and do not want to pay the hefty price for one deck. Please contact me at 775-790-4325 if you have one you want to sell. Thank you, duke
  12. Carpentry
    Hi folks, Quick question. What would be the best/strongest way to attatch three stair stringers to a triple 2x10 beam. Would joist hangers do the trick? Follow up question... if the pre-cut stringers are level is that all I need to worry about? I guess I could use any advice about installing...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all glad to be here posting carpentry info and questions to :whistling2: can i find deck repair pictures on this forum?? please HELP
  14. Painting
    We have a wood walkway that sits on the ground at our cabin. The wood is a year old and is treated. I would like to stain it but wonder about the moisture since it is on the ground.
  15. 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"...
  16. Carpentry
    I'm building a deck onto a house that is 6 inches off level from end to end. The deck will be in two parts, one ground level and one raised under the patio door. I can't build the deck level or the house will look off level. Is my only option to build the deck off level to match the slope of the...
  17. HVAC
    I am installing a flat roof over an existing deck and woul lkie to know if I can install a 2X8 ledger board on the existing exterior wall of the house and nail joist hangers on it to support the 2X8 rafters that will be on 12"oc and will have a free span of a little less than 16'? I am attaching...
  18. Painting
    I need to repaint my deck. I went to Home Depot, Lowes etc and got different advice. One person suggested that I use a stripper, but another person said that I should not use a stripper (since I have a toddler at home) and instead use pressure washer instead. I am attaching some pictures. Can...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hello All, I am designing and building a 400 sqft deck. In pouring the footings, I made a mistake in that the footings are level with grade. The total height of the deck is 21 inch and the footing is a 2x2 by 18 inch deep. I realized that I need to raise the footing by 2 inch or so only later...
  20. Building & Construction
    We want to build a deck and outdoor kitchen area that will be about 25 X 40-45 feet about 15 inches tall, on a single level covering a flat area that has a sandy base, but many tiny oak upshoots - hence raised deck and not stone patio. One company we're talking to said they would not install...
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