My deck is cedar wood, very nice and all, but the steps (also cedar)
do not seem strong enough - there is an inch of overhang, and stepping
there a lot seems like it will break them. Already a few have cracked.
Is there a solution to this? Can I screw an inch thick strip right
under the lip as support, or is the lip there for good reason?
| My deck is cedar wood, very nice and all, but the steps (also cedar)
| do not seem strong enough - there is an inch of overhang, and stepping
| there a lot seems like it will break them. Already a few have cracked.
| Is there a solution to this? Can I screw an inch thick strip right
| under the lip as support, or is the lip there for good reason?
no................3/4" piece not 1".
or install a 3/4" scotia molding.................looks better.
the lip is there for good reason.
Best solution is to run the deck boards the other direction so the
ends are projecting over the riser instead of having the edge grain
running parallel to it.
The supporting strip of moulding may help, but unless the risers are
stronger material than cedar, it's likely over time it will move
enough to not provide sufficient resistance. May prevent a complete
One problem w/ the "alternative direction" solution in the retrofit is
will probably have to fit in an additional joist in the other
direction for support -- it's always better if the problem is foreseen
during initial construction.
The other alternative is to replace the treads with a stronger
material....you don't mention the thickness of the decking. Thicker
decking on all would keep the same step height but might have to
adjust first and last to keep the uniformity within code.
I've not had to deal with cedar steps like this, but have with PT
2x lumber. The 2x PT seems perfectly adequate to handle the abuse
of an inch or so overhang. I suspect cedar usually is too, but
depending on the thickness, grade, age and abuse patterns, it may be
Except the one time I slipped on ice and fell right on the edge[+] -
I'm posting simply to mention how I repaired it the inch wide
chunk of PT that split off...
Used a weatherproof glue (titebond III I think) to glue the chunk
back on, and while the glue was still wet, drove a line of 3"
treated screws straight in from the nose of the step thru the split.
You could use screws to reinforce the edges _before_ it splits.
Yes, the screw heads are visible. You could glue on nosing
if that's objectionable. Or, drive screws diagonally from
the bottom edge of the step. Predrill will probably be
[+] butt first on the very edge of the step. Ouch!
I figured I cracked my tailbone, and I was virtually
paralyzed by pain for over an hour... The SO didn't
even notice that I crawled in thru the back door and expired
in the middle of the kitchen floor groaning plaintively... ;-)
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
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