How to repair a deck?


A deck or porch can be a great spot for peace and tranquility. Caring for a deck, on the other hand, can be a nightmare. Decks are, obviously, constantly exposed to the elements, and can show signs of weathering even days after they are constructed. Most deck fixes that can be tackled by a do-it-yourselfer involve cleaning and routine maintenance. Here are just a few pointers:

Deck-Repair Tips

Inspect your deck frequently for popped nails and loose railings or boards. Remove and replace any nails that have popped with coated screws, and immediately repair or replace loose railings to avoid hazards.To clean everyday dirt from a wood deck, use a mild household detergent in water to wash it. Rinse thoroughly.Use mineral spirits to remove stains caused by tree sap. Rinse thoroughly.To remove mildew, wash the deck with a bleach and water solution (1 cup bleach to 1 gallon warm water). Flush the area with water and allow it to dry. Commercial brighteners are also available;...
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Remove the deck from the mower. This will make it much easier to remove the spindle.


Remove the blade and the pulley from the worn spindle. You may want to repair both spindles even though only one is showing symptoms.


Remove the worn spindle from the deck. Be careful when removing the bolts. Use penetrating oil and let it soak. If the bolts break off, don't panic. You can drill and tap new mounting holes slightly offset from the original ones.


You must now dismantle the spindle assembly in order to replace the bearings. Take the spindle to the bench and suspend the casing over the jaws of a vise or similar object.


Reinstall the pulley nut a few turns onto the spindle shaft.


As shown in the photo, strike the nut with one sharp blow from a small sledge. It doesn't take much. This should force the shaft out of the spindle casing.


At this point, you should...

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RON: Today the road to remodeling leads to Jacksonville, Florida. Home to NASJAX the US naval air station at Jacksonville and the Mayport Naval Base. Now we’ve been dispatched to the Williams family home. They’ve requested a HouseCall to fix their ailing deck on their classic Victorian style house.

RENE: Ron! Hi! What a pleasure to meet you! How are you?
RON: You must be Rene.
RENE: I am.
RON: How are you?
RENE: I’m just great. This is my daughter Scarlett.
RON: Hi Scarlett.
RENE: This is Johnny.
RON: Johnny.
JONNY: Glad to meet you Ron. Our home and our family has been waiting to see you.

RON: I’ve been waiting to get here. I understand we have an outside project. We sure do. We’re so glad you make HouseCalls. Show me the way.

RENE: It’s out back.

RENE: Ron you’ll notice the verandah is going to be flowing right out into the deck here. And we come to our first trouble spot.

RON: Oy.


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Decking does not last forever. You look out one day, and your deck is weathered with splits and cracks. However, you don't need to replace it. You can revitalize almost any deck in no time, using a few tips to secure the integrity and bring back the natural beauty of the wood.

Supports and Fasteners

Always start deck repair from the ground up. Check the supports and beams supporting the deck. If the feet or posts are sinking into the ground, replace them with concrete deck supports. This type of support is cast to fit typical beams -- round or square -- with a pocket that fits onto the bottom of the support like a shoe. Support the deck with a high-lift jack, dig under the feet just far enough to add the support, and place it on the end of the support beam. If front, horizontal supports sag, use the jack to level them, then overlay the front of the beam by screwing a similar beam to the front. Add additional vertical beams under the deck, if needed, to gain even...

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Wooden Deck Repair Tips

How enjoyable is it to relax out on your deck, breath in fresh air and sip on your favourite beverage? But are you noticing your deck is in need of some TLC? Repairing a deck yourself requires some careful planning, so read on to plan for deck repair costs, get some deck repair tips and learn how wood filler can be your best friend while you repair wooden deck.

Planning to Repair a Deck Costs

Whether you have a small deck repair or a large repair, you can consider the cost of the different types of wood you will be using to repair your deck with.

Typically, pressure treated wood can range around $0.75 and $1.50 per linear foot. Cedar and redwood can range around $1.25 and $2.00+ per linear foot.

You’ll need to consider the cost of materials for deck repair as well

Aim to spend between $20 to $200 on stain and supplies. This will also depend on the size of wooden deck you need to repair and how much...

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Cassette decks are still alive and well — or at least alive, and many can benefit from cassette deck repair. This Fix-It Guide on cassette deck repair tells how a cassette deck works, what can go wrong, how to identify a cassette deck problem, what tools and materials are needed, and the steps to cassette deck repair. This guide tells how to clean a cassette deck head using a cleaning tape, how to clean a cassette deck head without a cleaning tape, how to demagnetize a tape heads and how to repair a cassette tape. The repair process is relatively easy and replacement parts are readily available.

The head reads the signals off the tape. The capstan roller pulls the tape across the head.

How Does a Cassette Deck Work?

A cassette deck is a motor-driven electronic device that records and plays audio signals stored on a magnetic tape. The tape is encased in a housing called a cassette.

More specifically, the cassette deck player passes the cassette tape over...

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If an existing deck has localized problems which don't affect the support beams -- like a few rotten deck boards, aging steps, wobbly railings and loose nails -- all that may be needed are a few repairs, rather than replacing the entire deck. Typical costs:Do-it-yourself supplies for deck repairs can cost $10-$50 for simple projects and $100-$600 or more for extensive work, depending on the materials needed and the type of repair. For example, the Family Handyman[1] magazine provides instructions for replacing broken deck boards, strengthening wobbly posts, stiffening a bouncy deck, replacing loose or popped nails or getting rid of sway with an angle brace, estimating that these relatively easy repairs will take one to four hours each, and that most will cost less than $20, although stiffening a bouncy desk can cost at least $40. To replace all the decking boards and railings[2] , the magazine estimates it will take a couple of days, familiarity with basic carpentry and...
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The swimming pool is the ideal place for you to chill during an extremely hot summer day. If you are blessed with a home that has a swimming pool; chances are, you are frequently inviting guests over for a barbeque session. Pool maintenance can be expensive as the amount of water it consumes, the regular chemicals to keep the water safe and clean, and the time it takes for you to drain and replace the water can take a lot of time and money.

One of the most common problems of swimming pools is the presence of cracks. Cracks have amazing power to draw attention, as such, no matter how crystal clear the water is, the cracks will still overpower the beauty of your pool.

Deal with cracks like a professional. If you want to maintain your swimming pool to its top shape, repair the cracks as soon as you diagnose them. The best time to repair cracks is during the colder seasons; and without any harsh sunlight that can cause you a heat stroke. Mark the areas that need to be...
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Apply a wood sealer after laying new deck boards to prevent dry rot from coming back.

Microorganisms remove cellulose from deck timber and leave it susceptible to brittleness. Heat and moisture only worsen dry rot by making the wood expand. Repair a rotted deck by investing in replacement deck boards and preventative wood sealer.

Dismantle the deck's edges, using a pry bar. Remove the deck piece-by-piece by pulling up nails with a nail puller. Strike the puller with a hammer to add pressure to the puller.

Cut a section of new deck board long enough to be applied to the first row of boards, using a circular saw, and fill the next row with the remaining board pieces. Complete the second row with a portion of the last board used on the first row. Repeat this process for the following rows. Situate the deck ends so that they meet directly at the center of the joist.

Secure all deck boards to the joist with nails and a hammer. Fasten the inside, remaining...

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Washing and refinishing a wood deck can bring it back to life.

Expert advice on how to clean, restore, refinish and maintain a wood deck, including protecting against wood rot, how to acid wash a deck, and apply a finish to decking.

A new wood deck provides a warm, handsome connection with the outdoors, adding to a home’s beauty and setting the stage for a world of outdoor activities. But wood decks take a lot of abuse, both from use and through continued exposure to weather. After a few years, without proper care, they become weathered and uninviting.

Fortunately, most wood deck surface problems are cosmetic, not structural, because decking is built of durable woods, usually redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated pine. Redwood and cedar heartwoods have a natural resistance to termites and decay; pine is pressure-treated with a pesticide to give it insect- and decay-blocking power.

Even so, ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun...

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A composite deck repair is no different then any other type of deck repair. If you have a deck that is made from composites, the best way to repair any damaged pieces is to replace them with matching composite pieces. This includes the deck boards and joists that make up the deck for your patio. Each of these parts to your composite deck should be inspected on a periodic basis in order to make sure that they have not given way due to wear and tear that is normal for a deck of any type.

This process is simple to accomplish and requires the following tools, materials and steps in order to complete.

Step 1: Remove Composite Deck Boards

You should use a pry bar to remove the nails and screws that hold the deck boards in place. You will need to inspect each of the deck boards in order to see of they are damaged and in need of repair or replacement. If the composite deck boards are damaged in anyway or appear to be in need of replacement, toss them away in...

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If you have a wood deck then it is important that you maintain its finish and keep it clean between stainings to extend the life of the materials and reduce costly repairs. Eventually you will need to replace boards on your deck from deterioration but with proper cleaning and staining you can expect 15 to 25 years from your deck.

Cleaning Your Deck Before You Stain It

As you can imagine its always important that you clean your deck before you stain it. You want to use a power washer if you have access to one if not then use a zero degree attachment to your hose to get the most pressure out of it that you can. After the debris have been washed off and the loose stain you need to us antifungal on it such as a bleach mixture to kill all of the fungus, mold and materials growing on the wood. Finish with a rinse and then let the deck stand for a week before you continue with your prep.

Sanding And Repairing Your Deck

Any items that need to be repaired or...

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Dear Phoenix, AZ swimming pool owner,

Hey, I’m Pete . Husband, father of 4, pool deck pro.

Over the past 12 years, my team has done thousands of pool deck repairs, remodels, repaints and resurfacing projects.

Whether you’re a home owner, property manager, landscape architect, or a commercial or industrial builder… when you hire us? It’s all hands on (pool) deck.

Maybe it's cracking or discoloring. Maybe it's gotten slippery. Or maybe it's just time for a new look altogether.

Whatever the case, you want a pool deck resurfacing company that won't:

Talk over your headRush your decision making processPressure you into buyingCharge you an arm and a leg (or a left foot)Go MIA halfway through the projectMake you feel guilty about nitpicking their work (we're perfectionists, too!)Be harder than Obama to get a hold ofLeave your back yard looking like a tailgate party outside of University of Phoenix Stadium

You just wanna love your pool deck...

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Professional deck maintenance and repair

Thank you for landing on our site and Welcome! Located in Annapolis, Maryland, We Restore Decks Inc serves homeowners and business’ with their deck needs. We are a group of seasoned experts in the field of restoration, repair, structural and exterior carpentry. Our company specializes ONLY in deck resurfacing, cleaning, staining, and repair. As of February 2015 we’ve now helped over 1k homeowners with their deck problems.

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