This way, there is no exposed wood to allow moisture into the deck. Similarly, if you make a large hole, such as for a hawsepipe, in a plywood deck, coat the exposed wood with epoxy. For a cored deck, scrape out a ring of core from between the two laminates and fill this area with thickened epoxy.
The last time I posted about the deck, it was a full recap on all of the things required to ensure a solid foundation, water resistance, type of wood to buy for the frame, etc. Since there has been way too much info to cover everything in a single post, I’ve been dividing it all into separate parts.
We opted to leave the design the way it was, a simple guardrail since this is a repair job and not a brand new deck. This sounds easy but it was anything but when you’re doing it alone. Measuring, cutting, attaching 8 2×4’s and 8 1×4’s wore me out!
A wood deck is certainly a thing of beauty, but only if it is well maintained from year to year. If your deck is showing signs of weather and wear, some simple maintenance and a fresh coat of ...
For decks that have rails it is important to periodically check the rails to make sure that they are tight to the deck. Check where the deck is attached to the house. Tighten the bolts that hold the deck to the house.
Before making any repairs to the deck, remove dirt and wood fibers with a pressure washer. When using one, be sure to keep the pressure stream moving. Otherwise, you could gouge the wood. Allow the deck to dry overnight.
Restoring a deck yourself will cost a third as much. A deck rejuvenation project like this can be done in two days, but it's best to spread the work over two weekends to ensure the wood is completely dry before you apply stain.
Repair or upgrade your deck railings with these tips and how-to projects. Rebuild an Old Deck With New Decking and Railings Give that old deck a new lease on life.
Clean deck wood If the existing decking is gray, "weather" the new decking with a solution made from 1 cup of baking soda and 1 gallon of warm water. Apply in the solution with a scrub brush.
For this repair project we milled interlocking tongue-and-groove boards from treated lumber to replace the original rotted porch boards. I decided to replace the entire side of porch flooring with the exception of a roughly 4-ft. span that I could tell was the original porch flooring from when the house was built in 1880.
Refinishing your wood deck with a semi-transparent acrylic-based stain is a great way to protect it from water, snow and sun while allowing the natural wood grain to show through.
When installing any hardware into a cored deck, it is best to drill an oversized hole and fill it with thickened epoxy. After this has cured, drill the size hole that is necessary to accommodate the hardware installation. This way, there is no exposed wood to allow moisture into the deck.
Read on for valuable tips on how to fix and prevent deck problems to keep your wood deck functional and beautiful for years to come. Step #1: Check Deck for Problems The most important part of taking care of your deck is to stay vigilant.
Cracks love to form around knots in the wood. Many builder’s tend to use the least expensive decking boards, which are loaded with knots and shorten the life and quality of the deck. This is not safe at all.
If the wood yields to any sort of pressure, it’s probably rotted and a good candidate for repair. I found this little gem in a spot where snow and ice like to dam up on my own deck and hang around until early spring: