I have a deck that is approximately 34' wide and maybe 16' deep. It runs alone the back of my house with the long part parallel to the house.
About half of it is covered. I want to install new flooring, new rails, and maybe even new posts that hold the roof over part of the deck. The posts are optional but if I get into this I will probably do it.
The problem is the house is on a hill so the deck is essentially a full story above the ground on the long side. From what I can discern, people would normally recommend bracing the roof on the deck with something from the ground, but that would probably require something 25' or more depending on if/how much needed to be in the ground.
I originally was thinking I could buy a couple of 8' post jacks and support the covered deck roof from the deck itself and work around them to get the flooring and rails replaced. I know that's not ideal because I'd have to move the jacks around some mid-project, but is it doable/safe? If not, what do I do about the height issue when it comes to supporting the roof from the ground?
The covered portion of the deck is approximately one half the deck, starting at one end of the deck. That end of the deck I might be able to support from the ground because it's not as big a drop-off to the ground from the deck. But on the other side of that roof, which is in the middle of the deck, the dropoff is as I described before.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. If I could figure this issue out I would definitely be doing this project in the very near future.