IPE Deck and stairs

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Project by Promod1385 posted 05-25-2013 09:57 PM 2603 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a 19×16 deck I built last year for a client in MN.

PT framing, Ipe decking and rails, we sealed where the Ipe meets framing with Grace flashing tape, start and stop rows were drilled, screwed, plugged and sanded, as were most of the stairs. All of the field boards were fastened via pre-drill/camo fastener method. Its slow but worth the time to not damage the wood. We finished the framing with a Behr stain/wash product to help it match the Ipe better.

I don’t have any exotic/fancy decks on the schedule yet this year :-(

Let me know if you have any questions.

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 01:31 PM

Nicely built deck. You look like you do great work. I build decks myself as a side job. Maybe one or two a year for some extra family cash. What is the turn around time for a deck this size for you?

-- "If you put your best effort forward today, you won't have to re-do it tomorrow"

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 02:37 PM

PKFF – Thank you for the kind words. With inspections in MN (the inspectors are very specific) it requires three-four site visits to finish a deck like this.

Day 1- rent auger and dig footing holes (wait for footing inspection) this takes 1-2hrs
Day 2- frame deck, apply grace tape to joists and cut stringers for stairs (wait for framing inspection) this took four of us three hours to roll out, frame, cut stringers, and roll up
Day 3- install posts and decking, build out stairs (three carpenters, six hour day)
Day 4- final site clean up, inspection, and finish framing to match (two dudes, two hours).

I guess if you do the math that way its about 40 total man/hrs to build one out like this. It took us closer to two calendar weeks to get this one wrapped up, throw in the 4th of July holiday and the fact the inspection department was 3-4 days out on scheduling and it all adds up.

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 03:18 PM

WOW, that is quite a bit of inspection. Here in southeast Michigan, most inspectors want to see the footing hole depth and width, then only the final product walk around (no skirting for decks until after inspection), I’m sure its different everywhere, but I thought inspectors here were tight. Seems to be about right, to have an inspection, tho. I see a lot of non-licensed work in the neighborhood I work in go wrong (no rails for 4’ deck height, stair tread/risers off, etc) but you can always pick out a PROFESSIONALLY built deck like the one above that will last heck of a lot longer over the weekend warrior’s project. Again, GREAT deck!

-- "If you put your best effort forward today, you won't have to re-do it tomorrow"

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 03:31 PM

Very nice looking deck. Makes me want to build a second story on my house so I can build a deck like that :)

-- Bobby

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 01:13 PM

Great looking deck, quite inviting and relaxing too. Well planned and well built, I’m sure it will last for other generations to come.

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