That's The Lovely Mrs. Gardiner. 🥰 We've been married 38 years. Best ten years of her life. 😁Who is your supervisor in the chair?
As with all remodeling/rebuilding projects, the major source of PITA is working with/around existing structures. Should've known I was opening a jumbo-size can of worms. I wasn't mentally prepared for this one. The adjustable brackets made the leveling process much easier.Leveling those foundation blocks must have been a PIA.
Do I see some kind of adjustable clamps that sit on top of them?
Wouldn't it have been wiser to raise the structure getting rid of the old ledger and rotten beam (looks sketchy) to house threshold avoiding the step down from door.. and then build the step around deck length lowering down to grade?
Also, can you fit Hardi board (cement composite) behind a new ledger and fit some z-flashing?
Either way, 4x4 joist should be plenty strong and should last many years 👍
Hi Poppy,I've used Minwax stain sealer in the past. I don't know if it is good for trex. Did she recommend a brand to use?
I'm guessing the boards are at least 15 years old, and given the reason you listed above, plus needing to patch the original screw holes, I'm going to use a stain with some pigment in it. The boards look really good and I could easily live with them as is if it weren't for the holes.I agree, that water proofing them is a good idea. Considering that you do get below 32F winter weather, I suspect that the expansion of soaked in water when frozen can be hard on the boards.
I "played around" with the spacing as best I could. Utilizing 4x4s gave me a little wiggle room, but I placed the posts as close together as possible with the desired board run being eight feet.Well my friend, I looked back to count how many joists you have and I see that two of my concerns have already been addressed. You added joists so that they are 16 inches on center, and the deck never sees the sun.
Thanks! 🤓Good job!