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Thread: Getting long deck boards home from the store

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    Helper Gregg's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    Macondo (or is that my condo?)
    Quote Originally Posted by CathyA View Post
    Unfortunately, our joists are starting to rot.
    We'll put a few "sister" boards in, but if they're nailed to the rotting joist, how strong can that be??
    I think with new top boards though, we can get a couple more years out of it.
    You want to be pretty careful to make sure the sistered boards are long enough to anchor to something solid on both ends or they really won't do you any good. The deck boards will span over weak points in the joists, but if you don't stabilize them your deck will feel more like a trampoline.

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    Senior Member CathyA's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    Thanks Gregg.

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