I'm trying to resurface a deck that is fairly weather worn
and cupped, but not cracking enough to replace the lumber.
It's about a 400 ft^2 deck composed of treated 2x6's. I need
to remove all the decking to inspect and repair some of the base.
I figure I have 3 or 4 options for resurfacing:
1) Run a floor drum sander over the whole thing.
Reasonable cost . . . $70 to rent a sander.
Fairly straight forward but a little difficult to get
into corners. Also have to deal with sanding a fair
amount of treated lumber.
2) Run all the boards through a planer.
Although these boards have not seen a lot of use, they
have seen a fair amount of exposure. I realize that
they would probably trash a set of planar knives ($45).
Is it reasonable to think that I can plane 400 ft^2
before the knives need to be replaced or resharpened?
3) Flip the boards over.
This probably makes the most amount of sense, but
about 25% of the deck is cut on an angle. After reuse,
I'd still have to but a dozen new boards.
Any other options?
Anyone been through the same dilemma?