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  • Posted in thread: what decking material to use? on 01-17-2012 at 05:37 AM
    I agree about putting down composite flooring on the deck. We had an all-cedar deck with both
    the posts and the flooring and the maintenance costs were not worth the hassle. We had warped
    boards and m...

  • Posted in thread: deck post has shift up an inch on 01-16-2012 at 06:55 AM
    Timber swells when it picks up moisture, but only in the thickness and not the length,
    generally it will become tighter in the post or crack the concrete, and not push up.If it has
    lifted up, and it's...

  • Posted in thread: Neglected Deck need attention on 01-05-2012 at 09:55 AM
    vertical cracks in posts and newels as shown can be ignored, they are just drying fissures and
    do not effect the strength. If it is treated timber, rather than naturally durable timber, then
    the crack...

  • Posted in thread: Cedar Deck clear finish on 01-05-2012 at 09:48 AM
    Clear finish = yearly maintenance.Cedar is naturally durable, so can be left to weather and
    turn grey, but this isn't to everyone's taste. But this will only require the odd stiff broom
    brush clean an...

  • Posted in thread: Urine and dog poop on a wood deck on 01-05-2012 at 09:38 AM
    Urine contains amonia, which stains the timber, sometimes a strong alkaline can remove it
    (white vinegar), it's a bit hit and miss though and can make the stain darker.There is a
    product called netrol...

  • Posted in thread: Ipe Hardness? and Fasteners... on 01-05-2012 at 09:31 AM
    Generally with hardwood decking, you want to make the holes bigger than the shank of the screw
    by +1mm, to allow the boards to expand and shrink. Ipe is a very strong timber, and when this
    isn't done ...

  • Posted in thread: Deck fungus removal on 01-05-2012 at 09:23 AM
    Firstly check the condition of the beam with a screwdriver or 1mm drill bit. If the screwdriver
    can be driven into the timber, or the drill offers no resistance, it's knackered.Assuming it's
    still sol...

  • Posted in thread: can I mix teak and pressure treated? on 01-05-2012 at 09:17 AM
    (Thread necromancy)Ipe is a very strong timber, a softwood substructure is fine, but you need
    good long screws in case the ipe wants to move, and so appropriately deep softwood joists. The
    only other ...


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