What is a deck? A deck is a structure of boards or plates, around flat, stretching out over a ship or pontoon at any of different levels, esp. one of those at the most abnormal amount and open to the weather. So there it is, in lay man’s term, it is a spot where we can find placidity and calmness.
Deck furnish us with a great experience of how nature works on its grandest but in return offer us a great pain in the neck in dealing with this kind of structure. As we all know, it is always in contact with nature, and it is inevitable that in less time we are again confront with the problem of fixing it. So here are some tips on how to repair a deck.
In the case of a damaged deck here’s what to do the first step is to analyze the degree of damage in your deck. Determine what to repair and how much will it cost you. After analyzing decide what type of wood you are going to purchase to repair the damaged area of your deck.
The next thing you are going to do is to execute the repair. If the deck is badly damage then here is what you are going to do. Remove the old finish and grime using any materials that could help this, crowbar, hammer, etc. after this look for pop up nails and hammer them back or screw them to be in place. In the case of a damage deck floor in which case this is usually the first one to go. Here’s what you need to do, Look at the boards to see where the joists are to locate this, it is indicated by a line of nails along each joist. Draw an outline around the damaged area from board edge to board edge, from the inside of a joist to the inside of another joist.
If in case the boards are damaged where they cross a joist, just draw the outline out to the joists on either side of that area. The boards in this described area will need to be replaced. Bore a hole inside two diagonally opposite corners of the outline, using a 3/4-inch bit. Position each hole so that it touches the marked outline on both sides but does not touch the soundboards outside the repair area.
Cut across the damaged boards from hole to hole. You should have to cut only across the boards, Remember that tongue-and-groove edges join the long edges, and this should pull apart. Pry out the damaged boards with a pry bar. At the outside board edges, be very careful not to damage the tongue or the groove of the soundboard outside the outline. Be sure to cut new tongue-and-groove flooring strips that are the same width and thickness with the old ones. Test them for fit in the opening and see to it that they should fit exactly in the gap left by the old boards.
On the last board, you’ll have to cut off the bottom part of the groove to make the board fit flat. Cut the grooved piece off with a hammer and a sharp chisel, being careful not to damage the other board. Then sand the raw surface lightly for a better finish.