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Mario Middleton, Welcome to the forums. AZ...

Mario Middleton,

Welcome to the forums. AZ is one state that can be absolutely all over the map as far as conditions and loads are concerned. WHERE in AZ are you? Phoenix is one thing -- Flagstaff...
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donniem, Welcome to the forums. Tell us...

donniem,

Welcome to the forums.

Tell us about your deck. Is it a wood or composite deck, with gaps between the deck bords; or is a solid surface, like precast concrete, or something that was...
11-10-12, 05:23 PM
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bass player, Comparing wood posts to steel...

bass player,

Comparing wood posts to steel posts is comparing apples to oranges!!

Wood posts,set in concrete, WILL rot. You need the drainage to get the water/moisture away from the wood. Steel...
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EosPhotog, You have 2 major problems (and...

EosPhotog,

You have 2 major problems (and about a dozen lessor ones) with that cover.

The beam is a 'hack job'!! XSleeper's suggestion of an LVL is right on the money. There are other options,...
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dwalker2010, What are you talking about??...

dwalker2010,

What are you talking about?? Those photos show a LOT work, and a lot of thinking ahead before the project was undertaken!!

Nice job, and you've gotta love it when a plan comes off...
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orange57, Your idea CAN'T happen!! ...

orange57,

Your idea CAN'T happen!!

Think about it. If you have a stationary screen panel on the screen door track where the fixed pane of the slider is, HOW are you going to be able to open the...
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Posted By lefty

Tar improved?? Meybe, but it's not code approved...

Tar improved?? Meybe, but it's not code approved for using on any application on a deck (joist covering, flashing sealing, etc.) that I'm aware of.
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Yes, BridgeMan45's suggestion of DIY would...

Yes, BridgeMan45's suggestion of DIY would certainly save you a lot of money, and, assuming that you have basic construction skills and a few basic tools, there's no reason that you can't do just...
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Posted By lefty

No, that was not a typo. Of course labor rates...

No, that was not a typo. Of course labor rates vary greatly from place to place, codes, and what they require vary just as much, and what you choose for material will have a huge impact on the final...
10-25-12, 10:53 PM
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If you read the engineering on those post anchors...

If you read the engineering on those post anchors (and the disclaimers in the catalog), you'll see that they are not approved for "non-top supported structures, like fences".

If you're concerned...
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Posted By lefty

A 14X24 deck, using TimberTeh, contractor...

A 14X24 deck, using TimberTeh, contractor installed, will probably come in between $12K and $15K for the deck. Adding a composite railing (contractor installed) will add another $12K to $15K to the...
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Welcome to the forums. The first reason for...

Welcome to the forums.

The first reason for NOT attaching the deck boards directly to a concrete slab -- moisture will be trapped between the boards and the concrete; the boards will rot. A sealer...
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Posted By lefty

Aluminum flashing?? What material is the deck...

Aluminum flashing?? What material is the deck framed with? If the framing is ACQ PT, you ABSOLUTELY don't want to use aluminum for the flashing. The ACQ will eat the aluminum within 6 months to a...
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The footings for the deck need to be footings for...

The footings for the deck need to be footings for the deck. They can't rely on the rocks to provide any support.(The rocks mean nothing!!) Footings have to be set in native soil. Dig out the footings...
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Breakityourself, A "concrete slab about 15"...

Breakityourself,

A "concrete slab about 15" below grade" sounds to me like a septic tank. If it's still in use, GO NO FARTHER!! If it's been abandoned (your house has been hooked to a sewer...
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peescal, I'm not thinking that you're an...

peescal,

I'm not thinking that you're an idiot. (Never have, never will.)

Now you've encountered utility lines to complicate the project. (So much for the best laid plans!!)

As far as a...
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If this deck is only going to be 24" above grade,...

If this deck is only going to be 24" above grade, I don't understand WHY you are thinking about using dbl. 2X10's for the beam!! There's no need to, and you'll be placing the bottom of the beams...
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Posted By lefty

hanez, Welcome to the forums. I'm a...

hanez,

Welcome to the forums.

I'm a deck contractor, and I'm gonna be the first one to tell you to forget the idea of putting a deck in this space -- pour a concrete patio instead!! You'll be...
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Posted By lefty

OK -- so the left coast has finally found a...

OK -- so the left coast has finally found a little time and would like to chime in on this one.

First,peescal, there is no reason for you to build your own beams. You're in CA -- use a 4X6 for the...
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BridgeMan45, I totally agree with what...

BridgeMan45,

I totally agree with what you're saying. I can't count the number of similar projects I've turned down simply because I didn't want the liablity of being involved. What the customer...
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Posted By lefty

Use a 1/8" spacing between the boards, and make...

Use a 1/8" spacing between the boards, and make the butt joints with less than 1/16" space.

The 6' railing sections can be installed full length. You'll have to cut the 8' sections in 1/2 so you...
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Posted By lefty

jamesrovano, It can be done, AS LONG AS you...

jamesrovano,

It can be done, AS LONG AS you can satisfy ALL of the codes regarding when a railing is required (or, in your case, when a railing isn't required).

Two steps that end on a 3'X3'(or...
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Posted By lefty

Any of the NDS drains that are about 4" wide will...

Any of the NDS drains that are about 4" wide will be plenty.

At the outer edge of a patio and 24' long, slope in the drain really isn't an issue as long as the outlet drops out of the bottom, it's...
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Posted By lefty

What kind of a drain do you have in mind? ...

What kind of a drain do you have in mind?

NDS Spee-D or Pro is 4.25" wide. You simply concrete it in place and run your ADS pipe off of the lowest end of it, then put the covers in place. It's...
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Posted By lefty

Hangers? Yes -- LSSU210's Screws --...

Hangers? Yes -- LSSU210's

Screws -- ABSOLUTELY NOT!! They don't have the shear strength that nails do. Use either of the Simpson N10's -- either hot dipped or stainless.
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