and, 6x6 cedar posts are too cost-prohibitive w/ my typical customers esp in the current economy , as most decks in my neck of the woods are built on the average of 6-9 feet off of the ground. are there any 'wood-fillers', esp an epoxy-based product, that can be forced into the splits and cracks, and then sanded smooth, prior to applying a solid stain or other coating?
how to fix a large crack in the wood support for a deck. cracks are common in large support beams, which are often made from a solid piece of lumber that can dry out and split. as unsightly as they are, they typically do not threaten the integrity of the beam. however, if the crack seems to be getting worse, you are repainting or you just get tired
ground water vapor. this water vapor causes the face of the decking on the underside of the deck to expand because water is entering the wood fibers. on the other side, the sun and any wind is doing the opposite causing moisture to leave the wood. as we discussed, this causes the wood to shrink or get smaller.
wood decks come in a variety of styles and sizes, and they can be made of many different types of wood. the average reported cost of a new wood deck is $5,620. the minimum reported cost is $1,500. the maximum cost is an estimate of $10,000. several factors can affect the overall cost of a deck, so you should consider the full scope of a project
inspect wood. check several different sections of the deck to make sure wood is still sturdy and solid. these include ledger boards, support posts, joists under the deck, deck boards, railings, and stairs. these areas will be addressed in more detail later. inspect for small holes in the wood, which may indicate insect damage, particularly termites.
steel deck framing cost vs. wood. steel framing runs 50% to 100% more than wood. the price continues to drop as it becomes more popular. many installers use wood posts clad in steel with metal joists and fasteners. these systems are perfectly strht and never warp, rot or twist. most composite decks, like seven trust, use steel frames.
5 common problems that can endanger your deck. over time, foot traffic and the pressure from tables, chairs and grills can damage your deck, causing wood to split and crack. in addition, decking around these items may become discolored, while boards underneath retain their original color. power washing your deck is one way to solve this
fasteners may stain the wood decking, or lead to splitting and water penetration. seasonal swelling and shrinking of the wood lifts nail heads, and even screws to a lesser extent, above the surface. particularly with high-end decking materials, such as tropical hardwoods and seven trust composites, more customers are opting for hidden fastening systems.
usually the crack in the wood beam or solid log radiates from the outer surface of the log towards the log center; it is not common for a log or beam split or crack or checking caused by the drying process to pass beyond the center of a log or beam.
i carefully measured the 14ft 8in height from the basement patio concrete slab to the bottom of the 2×10 deck beams, then built a full height temporary support post with 12 feet long 2×6 and 2×4 kiln dried lumber while leaving room for the base and end caps. 16 feet long boards would have avoided splicing boards but it was easier to haul 12 foot boards in the minivan. the base of the support post facing the camera has yet to be made.
6 tips to minimize deck board cupping and make your deck last longer. by rebecca uk ive recently had a large deck built by a professional decking company. only a few weeks ago we began to notice the boards are cupping and twisting.
it would take a huge load to shear a 1 2-in.-dia. machine bolt, but long before that occurs, the wood around the bolt would be crushed and distorted, resulting in a failed connection. the solution: a beam should be bolted to the side of a post only for low-level decks that have short-spanning joists and beams and many support posts. of course, that means lots and lots of foundation piers, which are not the best choice in a region with a significant frost depth.
all but the tiniest decks have large horizontal beams resting on top of the support posts or piers. the beams, in turn, support all the floor joists. therefore, the structural integrity of the entire deck is dependent upon the condition of the beams. check the beams for large cracks and water damage.
with all the hardware available to handle various direct-bearing applications of different-size beams and posts, there is little reason not to place deck posts directly beneath beams. bolting beams to posts as shown here can result in failure. the bolt may not shear, but the wood can shred.
hi guys, i am new here. i specialize in electrical but the homeowner has some questions about their decking post and my carpenter left me this month for the competitor. this is a repair job and we didn't build the deck. the deck is pretty beefy and heavy looking. the deck is 4 years old. every single 15 ft high support post is splitting.
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overlapping seams integrates strength and prevents fracturing along seams throughout the length of the beam. always split a beam over a post. plan ahead and layout the beam on the ground over the footings before installation. for instance you could use 2-2x10x10s and 2-2x10x20s to form a 30 beam with one seam set above two intermediate posts.
a deck sealer is a clear product that has no color and allows a wood deck's natural grain to show. sealers typically protect against moisture but not uv rays; a sealed wood deck will begin gradually graying after about two months particularly if the deck faces south in full sun , but without splitting, warping, cupping or cracking.
4. bad beams. look underneath your deck at the horizontal support beams to ensure they arent sagging, warped or damaged. all but the tiniest decks have large horizontal beams resting on top of the support posts or piers. the beams, in turn, support all the floor joists.
spray all exposed wood, including the vertical supports, stairs, stair railings and horizontal beams. allow the sealer to dry for 72 hours before using the deck. apply sealer to the deck once a