Redecking question

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  1. Jun 25, 2006 #1

    georgejetson

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    I am redoing our deck. The original material was 2x6 cedar planks.
    They are being replaced with 5/4 pressure-treated lumber. To correct
    for the difference in thickness, is it best to use shims on the beams or
    is there a better way to make up for the difference in thickness so that the
    side rails mate up with the top surface of the deck.
     
  2. Jun 25, 2006 #2

    glennjanie

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    Hello George:
    For my money I would put the 5/4 boards down, which only leaves 1/8" difference. (5/4=1-1/4" while a 2x6 is only 6/4 or 1-1/2") If it is still a problem to you a piece of trim like base shoe should cover the vacancy just fine.
    Glenn
     
  3. Jun 26, 2006 #3

    georgejetson

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    Thank you for the information Glenn. I think the deck probably looked great when it was new and would like to help get it back to that state.
    I appreciate the reply.
    :)
     
  4. Jun 26, 2006 #4

    Daryl in Nanoose

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    Up here in canada 5/4" = 1" in real measurements.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2006 #5

    Square Eye

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    Daryl..

    What kind of crazy math have you guys got up there in Canada??

    Yep, in the lower 48, 5/4" = 1" also.
     
  6. Jun 27, 2006 #6

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    HI Daryl:
    Sorry, my bad. I knew the 5/4 thickness; I just shot off my big mouth too quickly. So, the difference now is 1/4", that can make a difference but a base shoe will still cover it.:eek:
    Glenn
     

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