Removing or tearing up deck yourself

craig00May 1, 2010

We're thinking of replacing our old deck, probably with a synthetic, but want to save money by tearing up the old deck ourselves. It's about 18" off the ground, 32 x 15 of pressure treated pine. Thing is, about 10 years ago a second deck was screwed onto the first and the builder didn't leave room for rain water to drain so the newer boards are warping.

So, do I get a chain saw and crow bar and just go at it or do I have to remove each and every screw from the top and bottom?

My hunch is the advice here is to just pay a professional for best results and no aggravation.

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john_hyatt

Not chainsaw, ricpo saw. Take it out in chuncks big enough for you to handle. J.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 6:51PM
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salmon_slayer

you can pick up a nice one right now:

http://www.toolking.com/milwaukee-6538-821-factory-reconditioned-super-sawzall-reciprocating-saw-kit

great saw! It will take your deck apart

I have bought from these folks and they do a good job.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 9:58PM
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john_hyatt

Buying reconditioned tools is a very good idea. Sometimes its only a scrach in the paint but the factory warrenty is always the same. J.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 7:30AM
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