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Old 06-28-2016, 07:10 AM  
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Could the ledger board be causing an issue? As I mentioned the heaving is definitely worse on the side closest to the stairs and the soil around that post is usually always damp. It sounds like a new footing may need to be dug, which would require taking apart the stairs. I'll have to weigh the pros and cons of doing this on such a small deck that really isn't utilized that often. I've heard of using strap hinges for fastening the stairs to the deck so that it would allow for the stairs to move slightly without pushing upward on the deck. I may look into doing this.


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The hand railing will stop the hinges from working
You could remove that post and run a new 2 ply beam from the far post to the foundation, it would hit the wall just below the siding.


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Old 06-29-2016, 06:07 AM  
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I snapped a level chalk line accross the outer rim joist and the deck on this side appears to be out of level by 3.25 inches. Would I need to need to cut off that same amount from the post to level it? I believe I would need to cut the notched and non-notched areas. The un-notched area may be difficult to cut as it is against the rim joist, staircase rise and the decking above.

Also with the post being notched on the outer rim joist and the stair case side (riser sitting on it) does this present any issues with putting in a temporary post under the rim joist, from a support perspective?
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3 1/2 seems to be a lot. Did you check it both ways, front to back and side to side?
Check the level right in front of the door, if that room was a deck first there might be a slope there too.
You will also have to make room for the bottom of the stairs to go down in the dirt.
I would just make two cuts down below and scab a 2 x 6 on two sides to hold it together when you have it down.
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...hmmph...

Wonder how good the flashing was done at the ledger board.

IMO, the deck needs to be repaired properly. Anything else is a crap shoot.

Guess there was no permit drawn?
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...hmmph...

Wonder how good the flashing was done at the ledger board.

IMO, the deck needs to be repaired properly. Anything else is a crap shoot.

Guess there was no permit drawn?
Flashing should be below the deck board at the wall.
He would be able to see it from under.

This may be temp fix but if left alone the next lift may destroy the deck and if it happens year after year, the post will be much easier to remove.

Even when it is deep enough if the concrete has a mushroom top the frost can grab it.
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Old 06-29-2016, 02:32 PM  
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Thanks for all the feedback. This particular area stays very damp during a lot of the year, so whatever I decide to do will include improving the drainage around this area. I may get a couple estimates from contractors before deciding to tackle it myself if it's going to involve re-doing footings.


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