Posted to ahr.
Can I build a deck, two feet above the ground, that can later be
partly or totally disassembled and moved away temporarily?
I"m thinking that if instead of nails, I used lag screws and deck
screws, this would be feasible. If I used stainless steel lag screws,
they would still look nice for many years, until the deck fell apart
for other reasons.
In fact it might even look cool, and certainly not like everyone
else's, with the heads of the lag screws showing.
Are the odds good that I could do this, or is there something that I
can't overcome? When the time came to move the deck away, I would
remove all that I could and if there were still a big piece in the
middle, I could get several people and some device with wheels to help
me move away what couldn't be disassembled, and later help me move it
back. Other than moving the deck around later, I can do all of the
deck building by myself, or with one helper.
I live in a townhouse, at the end of the group, no one behind me and
no one on one side, because the street turns 90 degrees even before it
gets to my house and continues away from the house.
I need to replace my tiny rotting deck with a 10'x10' deck.
I had a mental plan to also, first, have someone enlarge my basement
(for more storage) by the same size as the deck, and to cover up the
basement room with the deck, especially the top 18 or 24 inches that
would be above the ground, so the basement room wouldn't be ugly to
look at, and the absence of grass above it would be normal. I don't
have the energy now even to contract this part out, and I have never
approached the architectural committee about it. But on the surface,
do you think this is a ridiculous or a feasible idea? Physically.
(Financially, I will almost certainly save 300 to 500 a year, since
I'm renting a ministorage locker now, and I expect to stay here a long
The odds are, now, that I will never actually do this, but I've been
postponing for almost a year rebuilding the deck because of this.
I'm thinking that a compromise that would allow me to proceed with the
deck would be if it were disassemblable sufficiently that I could move
it out of the way in a year or two while finally putting in that extra
But I also need to consider if it will fall apart sooner, or look bad
because of my efforts to make it partable (There has to be a shorter
word than disassemblable.).