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How to Install Wood Deck Boards

The debate about whether deck boards should be placed "Bark Side Up" growth rings curving down or "Bark Side Down" growth rings curving up has raged for years. Bottom Line: The hype that "bark side up" is always the answer is not accurate.

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Smart Deck-Framing Strategies

benefit of a decks slope away from the house. Spaces between deck boards should permit water to drain so that theres little chance for it to flow toward the building. But on decks with tight deck boards, Smart Deck-Framing Strategies

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How to Replace Wood Deck Boards

The ends of the old deck boards were nailed to the ledger board, leaving holes in the flashing which will allow water to seep in and rot the ledger board. Often the ends would work loose and make a crinkling noise when stepped on, bending the flashing.

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My guess is that wood growth rings change in relation to weather as against if wood is dried for indoor use. On my own deck I put the "smiles" down 5 years ago and the deck has remained basically flat and level.

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All About Patio Decking Materials

The original and still most common decking option, wood is natural, strong, easy to install and feels good under bare feet. But it also requires an annual cleaning and can rot, splinter, and warp.

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Tips and Tricks to Laying Decking Material Home Guides

Compared to building a deck foundation, installing decking boards is an uncomplicated and straightforward process. If you are lulled into complacency by the apparent ease of the task, however, you

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Installing Deck Boards: Rings Up Or Down

To really extend the service life of the wood, the science I have read says the key is to keep the underside of the deck well-ventilated and as dry as possible so that the top of the deck board the face side and the bottom of the deck board dry at as similar a rate as possible.

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Are Your Deck Boards Installed Right Side Up?

If you look at a dry deck board from the end grain you can see the rings in the wood. They should be curving upwards, like they are forming a smile. You can easily remember which is the right side up by thinking smiley side up.

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4 Steps to Restoring a Deck Deck Rejuvenation This Old

Following are some techniques you can use to give an old deck a new lease on life, or to help maintain the look of a new one. For this project, we enlisted George Graf, a lead carpenter with Mobile's Lipford Construction, and John Starling, owner of John the Painter.

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Tips for How to Build a Deck The Family Handyman

The result is that end-to-end deck boards share the 1-1/2-in. thickness of each joist. That can cause problems, especially with wood decks. With only 3/4 in. of nailing surface, fasteners will cause ends to split, and since the board ends have to be tight, untreated wood will rot.

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