This was a deck I worked on recently. The hem/fir boards were totally shot, and the cedar fascia that has been removed from this picture wasn’t too bad, a bit of rot on the back but treatable and reusable.
Sometimes you wonder how things get left this long….
Yeah, that’s a 2×10 on the front, you can see the end of a 2×8 joist (with a 2″ extender piece on the top — yeah, right, that’s what they did, its a seam, not a crack — and that’s a 4×10 on the side there, or what’s left of it.
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Just think of it as job security. Once you start following back rot or termite damage, the big dollar signs should be flashing in your head.
I had something similar a few years back. The lady wanted these big 6'x7' screens redone. When we pulled them they were the only thing holding up the roof.
Family.....They're always there when they need you.
I demoed a floor once that was so rotten that you could just pull the joists apart with your bare hands, literally. I think the vinyl flooring was the only thing preventing people from falling through.
With that picture, its hard to tell exactly what is holding that thing up. Hopefully not that rotting pile, right?
What was holding it up is the deck boards above, cantilevered out a few feet, and the thick cedar fascia that was only partly affected.
The bottom of the outside joist had fallen off before I got there, the top actually had a tiny bit of grip on the nails, so really the deck was holding up the joist, not vice versa.I wound up putting an angle iron steel beam on the one side, (pictured) and the other side had a concrete pony wall to support a short post.It's in a rather inaccessible part of the yard, so none of the repairs will be visible.
No, Geoff, that isn't a 4x10 on the side. That's site-applied wet-spray rot, done with a few cans of RotStuff.