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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 781 days ago 1300 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago when I was building my deck, I soon realized that 16’ 5/4 boards don’t lay down anywhere near straight over that long a run.

My fix was to make an oak wedge about 2’ long and secure a pipe clamp to the rafter about two inches away from the 5/4 and stick the wedge in the gap and hammer it until the 5/4 board was straight.

How do you all lay those boards?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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Builder_Bob

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#1 posted 781 days ago

I’m with you, my deck experience reached a grand total of one when I redecked with clear southern yellow PT pine last year. I couldn’t believe how warped and twisted those boards were!

I used wedges and crow bars to force them straight, and prayed that the little Kreg SS deck screws system would hold up to the strain. So far so good.

If you goggle “deck pry bar” and look at images, you’ll see a ton of products made for that purpose. Who knew?

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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Bigrock

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#2 posted 780 days ago

Hi:
I am sorry to say that I have quit using wood for decks because of that reason and I will not use nails on the deck surface either. They simply do not hold any type of deck material in place. Wood Moves. Also, composite material is more cost effective in the long run.

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#3 posted 780 days ago

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 780 days ago

a1jim- That’s a great tool. I built my deck alone and the invention I mentioned above was one of the first times in a long time that I solved a problem like that. After working 15 years in information tech, it was such a good feeling to not only work with my hands but to solve problems in the real world, that I haven’t looked back. I have some project idea’s that should make me some money, and it’s doing what I love to do. I hope to have something to show soon.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 780 days ago

I’m with a1Jim. Except mine is a Board Bender, I believe made by Stanley. Works great.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 780 days ago

Hey Russ

I’ll look forward to seeing ideas

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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