deck cleaning/replacing?

Old 04-04-02, 09:16 AM
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deck cleaning/replacing?

A friend was quoted almost $500 to clean a deck. The deck is approximately 20 yrs old and in relatively good shape. We intend to use a pressure washer and was the deck ourselves. What type of cleaner should we use? What should we seal it with afterwards? and if there are board to be replaced. what kind do we need to buy?
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What is the deck made with? (P.T., redwood, cedar, etc.)
Old 04-05-02, 06:23 AM
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type of decking

I think the wood is pressure treated lumber. It is a very weathered gray.
Old 04-05-02, 01:42 PM
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use a 15 degree nozzle on your washer.. 0 will rip up old splintery wood make it unwalkable..

to replace damaged boards you need a speed square .. jigsaw and possibly some tin flashing..

you cut out the damaged portion right alongside a joist... sister a small piece of 2x2 on and then nail it down into this and the other joists.. if the joist is a lil soggy put the tin flashing down into a bent U shape use the speed square to guide your cuts...

Hope this helps---Josh
Old 04-09-02, 12:07 PM
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How many square feet is the deck? Depending on the size of the deck, that might not be a bad price. If the deck is 20 years old, you can try to flip the boards and if the other side is no better, replace it. But lots of folks flip the boards.
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Generally, for older wood, a 15 degree nozze may be too much for the wood. I would use a 40 degree tip and sodium percarbonate, which is an oxygenated bleach. It is the easiest of all cleaners on surrounding plant life. For the DIYer, you can get a small tub of Wolmans cleaner/brightener for about 15 bucks.
For a stain, select an oil base with some color. It should have water repellency and uv protecton.

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