Because of water damage to the wall of my house I had to remove my
existing deck. I was able to leave the outer frame but had to remove
ledger board, joists and deck boards.
I have repaired water damage and I am ready to rebuild deck. The old
deck had no joist hangers and honestly was not built very well. I am
going to make it free standing with posts in concrete and 2x10 beams.
More questions about that later.
I am trying to determine how much and what sizes of lumber I need. My
big question is deck boards. The deck is just over 18 feet wide, and
the longest 5/4x6 deck boards I can get are 16 feet. How do I figure
out what lengths I should use? Obviously I would like the fewest
number of seams and to not waste money buying the wrong lengths. I
can't put them on at an angle without removing all the railings and it
also sits partially against a wall. I have tried some of the online
deck designers but they have me using 18 footers. Is there a software
to give me the best layout for the deck boards?
- posted 12 years ago