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ahardb0dy 06-01-2021 07:40 PM

Anyone build outdoor decks for a living?
Doing some work on my deck and have a couple questions, thanks

jp2code 06-01-2021 10:00 PM

I built a couple of decks, but both were small. I left a 1-inch gap between the boards to allow for water to drain and the expansion of the boards.

I also predrilled the holes and used screws instead of nails.

ahardb0dy 06-01-2021 10:15 PM

1" between the boards is a little much I think, usually you leave like a 1/4" but if it works. My deck boards are also screwed down using those torx head coated screws.

I have removed a section of my deck and plan to rebuild it closer to the ground, I am doing this because I want to get a shed and put it on the deck at a lower height to make it easier to get my mower, pressure washer out of it instead of having to build a ramp down from the old height ( which would have been easier !) My deck is currently build on 4x4 posts I have in the ground with concrete, than double 2x8's run across from each 4x4 post, and 2x8's sit on top of the double 2x8's.

I removed everything down to just the 4x4 posts and am wondering if it would be ok to use a 4x4 instead of the 2x8's across the 4x4 posts, to make the deck sit lower, I plan on cutting the 4x4 posts closer to the ground to make it lower also. Than I'll reuse the 2x8's that the deck boards screw into, although I may rip the 2x8's down to 6" to also help lower the deck.

Some pics below:

Week ago I removed the deck boards (excuse the mess used to be an area for my mother in laws dogs to poop before I extended the deck, I gave away the little plastic fence sections)

Yesterday I took the rest down ( I buried the wires after taking the pics)

Area where my stairs used to be, my shed to the right, PVC pipe is air line that goes from my compressor in my shed to under the house and runs to the front (mobile home), have to relocate it of course.

89'HBV6 06-01-2021 10:15 PM

I've done many decks... PM with any ??? and we'll go from there.

ahardb0dy 06-01-2021 10:20 PM

Just replied above you, before I saw you replied

rockcrawls 06-01-2021 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by jp2code (Post 549847)
I built a couple of decks, but both were small. I left a 1-inch gap between the boards to allow for water to drain and the expansion of the boards.

I also predrilled the holes and used screws instead of nails.

I wish more people would leave large gaps between boards. It's ridiculous they still build brand new decks with almost no gap for rain, snow, dirt, leaves or pine needles to fall through! I've spent many hours digging debris out of deck cracks before refinishing. Of course depending on your deck location, you don't want to be crawling on your belly to get a dropped screw from a project you are working on. Have to think ahead in that case and have an outdoor rug maybe.

jp2code 06-01-2021 10:29 PM

The 2x12 boards will support more weight than the 4x4 boards will. I don't know exactly how much more though.

You can reduce the spacing between these supports (i.e. go from 16-inch centers to 12-inch centers) if you think that you are going to need that support. It will take more 4x4 boards, of course.

ahardb0dy 06-01-2021 11:38 PM

Had a good talk with 89HB, think I have the info I need, I already had what I was thinking of doing in mind just wanted confirmation on what I'M thinking will be ok.

My support boards (headers) are 2x8 currently. Joists are also 2x8.

Not going to be a lot of weight on the section I am redoing, plan is for a 7x7 plastic shed, just to house my mowers ( 2 push mowers), pressure washer and possibly may relocate my 60 gallon compressor into the new shed, plus a tool cart (empty), my current shed is full right now and I have no room to move around and every time I want to do something I have to move something.

Thanks for all the replies and info.

EF2 06-05-2021 05:31 AM

i built decks for a few summers, looks like you’ve got most this handled already lol.

ahardb0dy 06-05-2021 09:24 PM

I have a few ideas I still have to look and see what may work the best for me. I'm trying to keep the cost down and reuse what I have. Thanks

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