Fill gaps on deck boards. Deck is now a sun room


An affordable alternative to replacement

Keeping a wood deck in good shape takes a lot of work. Even if you stain or seal it, the boards can still crack and splinter, making the deck look old and worn. Switching over to composite decking is one option, though the cost may be prohibitive. But there’s another, far more affordable solution. You can restore your existing deck by applying a deck paint restoration product.

Deck paint restoration coatings are thick enough to fill all cracks, knotholes and splinters, and they provide a completely new textured surface that can last as long as 13 years without additional applications. You can do the prep work in one day, then apply the product over a two-day period the following weekend. You’ll need a power washer (rent it if you don’t own one), a jug of deck cleaner, a special roller, masking materials and a roller extension. The cost varies, but figure roughly $1 per sq. ft. Here’s how to buy the best deck paint product,...

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What mistakes are we likely to make when laying our new decking? What are the best practices for getting this done nicely enough that we don't regret it when we look at it a few years down the road?

The boyfriend and I are in the process of rehabbing my small (10'X10') deck; we've finished dealing with the framing under the deck and are ready to lay a full set of new decking- a bunch of pressure-treated 2x6s.

We are particularly concerned about the correct spacing; we are getting conflicting reports about whether it is best to butt pressure-treated wood straight together, or whether we should space it (and if so, how much). If it matters, we live in a moderate climate- about 16" of precipitation a year, although a big chunk of it is in the form of snow that I have historically been too lazy to shovel off the deck.

Difficultly level: neither of us are super-handy, but we are both fairly detail-oriented and are capable of following directions. Any general tips...

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Installing deck boards usually begins at the house wall and goes out toward the end, with the boards always running perpendicular to the joists.

Measure from the outside edge of one rim joist to the outside edge of the other one to get the length of the first 2 deck boards. Then add to that length the amount needed to cover any skirtboards or overhangs.

For example, if a skirtboard is to be installed later, allow 3/4" on each end for that and another 3/4" on each end for the typical overhang. That's a total of 3" extra.

Cut the first 2 deck boards to the exact length needed. The rest can run wild.

If you've allowed for an overhang on the deck board, you'll have to notch out the ends of the 1st board a little to fit the cut-out in the siding, equal to the depth of the siding and the length of your overhang. That'll probably be about a half-inch deep and 3/4-inch long on each end.

Setting First...

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Adding a Deck

A large variety of deck styles can be created in Realtime Landscaping Architect, including straight, multilevel, curved, and even decks with holes.

Realtime Landscaping Architect makes it easy to create intricate deck designs; simply draw an outline for the deck and all the work of adding support posts, framing, railing, balusters, and more, is done automatically. Decks can be designed from scratch, or the Deck Wizard can be used to add a pre-built deck.

To add a deck:

1. Click the Add Deck button, which is found near the top of the screen under the Building tab.

2. Draw the outline of the deck by clicking the left mouse button to add points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point added, and press the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.

3. To finish drawing the deck, place the last point on top...

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Read each tab carefully. Complete notes as you read the information and try the quizzes in the Notes and Quizzes section after each section. Click on the Overall Picture tab to tie the tabs together.

What you will be doing

In some ways deck building is a rather complex do-it-yourself project, but, since decks do not have to be leak proof or perfectly built, it is well within the scope of most novice builders. This book will provide you with the information you will need to do the work efficiently.

Deck building can be a demanding job both physically and mentally. It is, however, very rewarding. It moves quickly and will give you a pleasing living area for a small price.

Be sure you understand what you are doing before you proceed. The key things to remember in deck building are to be sure you have used all the proper materials and construction techniques, to fend off the decaying properties of water, and to be sure everything is level,...

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DECK BOARD GAPS & SPACING - CONTENTS: What is the proper gap to leave between deck boards?Why is it important to space deck boards apart by a small gap? Steps to protect deck joists from rot. Best Construction Practices for decks or porches. Deck & Porch construction details & procedures POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about deck & porch construction, framing sizing, board spacing, structural connections REFERENCES

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How much to space deck floor boards: this article explains proper gap size to leave between deck boards for drainage and drying, and extra steps to take to protect deck joists from rot.

We include a description of tightly-butted tongue-and-groove pressure treated deck boards as well as typical 5/4" thick pressure treated deck boards that should be spaced for drainage..

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What is On Deck?

On Deck is a dinner series and evolving community of world class entrepreneurs who are openly — or secretly — about to start their next thing. Currently, the community includes: successful repeat founders, EIRs at top-tier VC firms, and great designers and developers at companies like Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, and more.

What’s the point of On Deck?

On Deck emerged out of a need for prospective founders to have a safe space to talk about their ideas and desire to start a company (or join another company), freely and confidentially. So much goes into successfully launching a company, and we wanted to create a thoughtfully curated community that truly supports the growth of entrepreneurs and their startups.

Where is it located?

Right now, you can be part of On Deck’s digital community from anywhere in the world. As far as the in-person events go, they are currently being hosted in San Francisco, with plans to expand...

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We installed a deck in July for a client using premium pressure treated 5/4 decking butted tightly. The boards now have a 1/2" gap which is excessive. How best to fix? The boards are screwed down. Do you think we can unscrew, move the boards closer (perhaps leaving 1/8" gap) and re- screw and end up with a good look? By the way, the deck is curved (of course, it isn't the nice square deck to which this would happen!) with the widest point at the center. So, we'd have to move the boards towards the outside and add new boards in center. Which, will gap and we'll have to do it again. The customer is dissatisfied - which is valid. All I can attribute it to is wood that was wetter than usual and a summer that is hotter and dryer than usual (by the way - the deck is in full sun). Does anyone have a better solution?

Nancy Moore, The Porch...

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Because it faces the rain and sun, the surface of a wood deck usually deteriorates before the foundation. Rain makes the wood swell and warp, and the sun dries it out and makes it crack. As long as the wood isn't rotten or fungus-ridden, it makes sense to restore it periodically -- a resurfacing treatment can add many years to its useful life. To do this, you can power-wash the deck to clean it and then sand it to restore the integrity of the wood. You won't get far using a hand sander, though; you need a floor sander.

Power-wash the decking boards. Use a machine that supplies 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per square inch -- but no more -- so you don't gouge or splinter the wood and add to the damage. You also need a tip with a moderately wide spray pattern. The 15-degree yellow or 25-degree green tips that come with most machines are the best ones for deck washing.

Let the deck dry for a day or two, depending on the weather, then pound down any nails that are sticking up...

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