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  1. Decks & Fencing
    Hi all! I recently had a customer ask me to extend their and their neighbours indentical decks. I am looking for ideas on attaching the beam and posts. I have a pretty good idea of what I am going to do but figured it wouldn't hurt to get some advice. No stairs, just looking to double the...
  2. Decks & Fencing
    Hi, I need a sanity check on this please... This is the rim joist supporting a walkway on a two story deck attached to a duplex. I'm helping replace deck boards and railings but I'm finding lots of severely rotten joists, stringers, etc. Contractor says this rim joist is fine and does not...
  3. Remodeling
    I found an old water cistern directly beneath where I need to put a footing for a new deck. I haven't seen this before (this is a 100+ year old house) and I'm not sure how to proceed. Any suggestions?
  4. Decks & Fencing
    Anyone familiar with what this product might be? It’s some pretty cheap stuff used on a new construction in 2015. My vendors don’t seem to know, one thinks it’s a older Timbertech. It resembles some products Home Depot has for order online. Any leads would be awesome
  5. Construction
    First pic shows beginning process of replacing failing footer to fix sagging deck. Pics 2, 3, &4 show where end of deck lifted off support after lifting deck to fix sag. I don't know how to proceed. Is it ok to shim the joist that lifted off the support?
  6. Decks & Fencing
    I've done some carpentry in my days but this project is holding me back because I don't have the help to do the labor intensive work. Wondering if anyone here has built a deck 2 stories up across a 2 car driveway? How did you install your beam by yourself if you did? TIA
  7. General Discussion
    The deck is 340 sq ft. I also have to do 4 piles. The railing is out of treated lumber and is using 2x2 spindles
  8. Decks & Fencing
    have been asked to design & build a deck to provide a level platform (on slightly sloping grass) to support a round plastic swimming pool... the pool is: diameter: 177", depth: 36" i figure when it's full it could weigh bout 18.5 tons...does this sound right to anyone??? anyway what size of...
  9. General Discussion
    I am doing a side job building a deck, and i am having a little trouble on figuring my cost for labor. Someone told me to charge material X 2. Does this sound about right? Your opinion will be helpful. Thank you
  10. Decks & Fencing
    I am attempting to get a custom deck building business going and I need some constructive criticism! I assure you I'm not some guy with a couple of hand tools and a truck. I have been framing full time for a year and a half and just graduated from Construction Management School ( I know probably...
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