|Project by WoodArtbyJR||posted 12-11-2012 05:53 PM||1471 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
As a few of you know I have been busy this year with several things, painting my daughters home in DC, taking 2 weeks to lay on the beach at the Outer Banks (you folks in NC, what a beautiful kept secret) and just a few weeks ago the birth of my first grandchild. Well during this time (starting in July) I have been working on a new deck. I JUST finished it. It is a 22’ X 20’ deck level with the sliding glass door going to the rear yard. It is covered with Trex decking and the railing is 2”x2” balusters with 4”x4” posts lag bolted to the pressure treated frame work. I didn’t use pressure treated 4×4 or 2×2s as I painted them instead since there was no ground contact. I jack hammered and hauled away 8 TON of concrete from the old slab. I used the Trex hidden screw fastener type hol;d down using the grooved decking with non-grooved for the picture frame style edging. I like the Trex hidden fastened concept but don’t like their screws that came with the little plastic space/hold down. The screw is stainless with square head drive. When they paint them at the factory, many times too much paint gets into the square drive thus not letting you get a good hold on the screw and they strip. Plus that small od a screw made of stainless snaps off easly. For the areas that I needed to directly through the top on the Trex decking I used a torqs head, color coordinated screw from a company called Screw Products Inc. I can not say enough about this product. You need to use their counter sink drill set up and you’re off to the races. FANTASTIC product. It didn’t hurt that we had 90+ rain free days this summer to help make this a more comfortable undertaking (if you can call jack hammering and hauling by wheel borrow to the pick up 8 ton of concrete COMFORTABLE). So have a look at the pics, ask any questions you like and thank you for looking.
-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington