New Deck


Old 06-01-18, 09:32 PM
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New Deck

Hello everyone,

About 10 months ago we purchased an older home that requires a little bit of attention. The deck in the backyard is old, has large gaps, splinters and many uneven boards. There are 3 pecan trees overlooking the deck which shed like crazy and leaves/tree debri find their way under the deck through the large gaps.

We pressure washed the deck last fall which made it look better but today the deck was torn out with anticipation to install a new deck.

The plan is to use 2 x 6 pressure treated pine wood.

What will be the best way to align the post, beams and joists?

Thank you!
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Old 06-02-18, 04:10 AM
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IMO you'd be a lot better off pouring concrete or using pavers! Wood holds up better when there is ventilation underneath allowing it to dry after it gets wet. Even ground contact PT lumber will have a shortened life when laid on the ground like that.
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I agree that is not a good application for a wood deck. Part of the problem is that most 2x dimensional lumber is not treated for ground contact. You can special order 2x lumber that is treated for ground contact or use 4" or 6"x lumber which is treated for ground contact. Still, wood does not last as long as it could if it's sitting on the ground and being constantly moist.

Another nail in the wood coffin is your site which is totally dammed in by the concrete patio and house. There is no place for water to go except to sit under the deck. It's not good for the wood deck and it's not good to have water sitting right next to the house especially if you have a basement.
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Thank you all for your advice. Looking at doing concrete pavers now since wood deck will not last. What would be a ballpark estimate to have someone do it? 240sq ft

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