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Treated Wood Decking Done Right

Construction How-To, Decks, Decks February 4, 2016 Sonia

Remember that although screws take longer to drive than nails, they hold boards more securely and will allow for easier removal if necessary. If a board has a slight bend to it, it sometimes can be straightened as it is fastened in place.

To reduce splitting, especially near the ends of boards, drill a pilot hole about three quarters the diameter of the nail. For dense or brittle wood, grind sharpness from nails or blunt the points by striking them carefully with a hammer. Blunt nails cut through; sharp ones pry apart.

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Side Note

Maintenance Tips for Treated Wood Decking

  • For surface protection against moisture damage, apply an effective brand of water repellent as soon as your deck project is finished or, for large projects, as sections are completed. It helps to re-apply a topical water repellent every year or two.
  • Always mix deck stain/water repellent to evenly blend the solids and ensure a consistent color tone throughout the project.
  • To revitalize a dingy appearance caused by dirt, mildew and mold, use a deck brightener to clean the wood.
  • Check with the experts in the store’s coatings department for recommendations on water repellent, stain and cleaner.