Demo Your Deck Or Simply Just Replace Some It?

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DescriptionProbably your structural parts will be in decent shape and safe to your guests. If that is true, then all you need to do is replace your existing deck or certain bad boards and rails and stairs thereby saving considerably compared to a total deck rebuild.

So just how do I know if my deck continues to be in good structural shape? Can I remodel my present deck with resilient composite decking and rails? These questions will likely be answered along with practical tips.

Be prepared to spend more money than the usual few weekends to complete your project. What is nice though, is that you may act on your project in sections thereby not disturbing family members, or rendering it very inconvenient, but be sure you block off or lock your entry doors that open to the deck to be sure everyone's safety until you are finished. Tools that are required to the project include a 4 foot level or bigger, screw gun, circular saw, measure tape, carpenters square, as well as a miter saw for accurate cuts on angles and rails. For demo work, you may need a sledgehammer, pry bars, and you'll must curt some wood boards in half to learn effectively to pry off and simpler for disposal.

First lets discuss in case your deck needs to be completely remodeled;

1. Starting from your start. Look into the footings, look to see should your upright posts are warped or perhaps the deck itself higher than the footings looks warped. If it seems warped, your footings may not be very deep in to the ground. To ensure a great footing, it is possible to replace these with deeper ones, by digging next to the old footing, and pour a fresh cement footing.

2. Next examine the posts themselves, and all of the framing, to see if the wood is sound, not rotted or badly cracked. To look for rot use a sharp tool say for example a screwdriver or pointed tool. Probe for soft spongy wood. If found you ought to switch the wood no less than up to one foot each well beyond the rotted place to make sure you have removed the rotted piece.


It's advisable then to exchange the rotted wood with pressure treated wood the exact same dimension. Never use cedar or redwood to frame patio decking. If your deck is framed for the reason that material, you ought to tear it down and initiate over, as these woods are certainly not suitable for framing due to their power to consider the load.

To check on your structural integrity in the frame, come up with a drawing of the deck, the sizes with the lumber, as well as the spans of most major pieces. This is made for you to decide to use the dwelling department to have an inspector to see. By the process you'll know should your deck frame is structurally sound as well as the spans are adequate and safe for that existing load with the deck. You can put for any building permit too and obtain an on-site inspection for more safety reasons.

4. Other building considerations: When using lag screws which in this instance, bolt into the ledger involving the joists into the house or structure, use ? inch lag screws. Sometimes your building department for less than require 3/8 inch, so ask any local Inspector.

5. It's required that all joists be attached in the ends having a metal joist hanger. Make sure that each hanger is nailed properly from the guide holes with hander nails, not roofing nails. Next check you metal flashing that is usually found behind the deck ledger, that is that come with your home or structure from where the joists come to an end. There has to be flashing behind this deck ledger at the bottom as well as over the wood siding. If it's not there, you have to add it so water won't accumulate in the cracks and sits contrary to the structure causing wood rot.

6. Unleash the demo crew. Actually it does not take a long time to demo decking. Now it is time to demo the previous deck, assuming given that the frame is in good condition. You commence with knocking out the old railing which has a sledgehammer. If you are likely to reuse the wood, you will need to prefer to get rid of it starting with treatment of nails or screws carefully to reuse it. After the railing is taken away, start taking out the old decking boards. If you have ordered a dumpster then all of the nails and lumber will obviously type in the dumpster which means your yard won't be a mess as well as a potential injury area. As much as nails within the old wood, don't bother removing nails or screws if you aren't gonna reuse this wood, just dump it into the dumpster. For wood that has lag screws in them like posts, you might have to loosen the bolts or screws to remove this wood.

7. Next eliminate the deck boards. Unscrew them or pry them loose, employing a crowbar, flat bar as well as a large pry bar, starting on one side to the other. Start the removal process opposite your structure or house so to offer an simple way off the deck. If nails were utilised, there will probably usually stay some nails showing for the joists that can need extracting. If your deck was originally screwed down, this will be more difficult to remove them. If your head is stripped, follow this advice. Use a Phillips head which is new and fits perfectly in the screw head. If impossible to get rid of and the head is nearly up across the boards, you need to use vice grips on the head change the screw out. Another way is to use a saws-all which has a metal cutting blade and cut the top off, the deck board will undoubtedly pull out in the leftover screw since you are prying the board out. Or try drilling through the head removing the majority of it then pry those times board about that. Any leftover screws on the joists will discontinue using a hammer to bang it forwards and backwards until it breaks off.

Soon can be as easy left may be the original deck frame, and ready for your new decking and railing. Be likely to replace whatever looks not sound on your own steps for safety reasons. Enjoy!

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