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screwing down new deck planks

Posted by sharpstick (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 7:50

I'm replacing old dry rotted deck planks. The old frame looks intact under the top quarter inch, so I am using slightly longer deck screws.
The new PT deck planks are heavy with the PT chemicals and I've already bought the first trailerload and they are airing out to dry a bit. Is it okay to screw them down immediately, or do they need to dry out more? I would like to install the rest as soon as I bring them home.
When can I coat them with deck finish? And what kind? The last batch was painted with supposedly premium deck stain which didn't last at all. I plan to use an opaque finish this time to make them last longer.

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RE: screwing down new deck planks

The screws will go in much easier when the boards are wet than dry, just butt them tight when laying them.

An opaque finish means semi-solid stain, a mistake on a deck floor imo. I would suggest TWP rustic for a treated pine deck.

RE: screwing down new deck planks

By "rustic", are you referring to the color? TWP has several products, 100 and 1500 both have a rustic color. I can't find much information on the differences between their products, (except the price).

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