I have a pressure treated deck which wraps around 3 sides of the house.
The builder of the house/deck put the floorboards tight together
because "they will shrink." Well, now I am ready to seal/stain/etc. and
as he said, there is now at least 1/8" between the boards. However, at
one end of the decking, the sun rarely shines and the boards are still
tight. I have run a circular saw between each board and cleaned out the
area up to the flashing on the house. The house siding, Hardy Plank,
goes right down to the floorboards. I plan on using a toe-kick saw,
vertically, to remove about 1/4" space at the bottom to provide some an
area for air to move between the floorboards and the siding. I cannot
stain until it is totally dry. I'm not sure it ever drys in this 15'
area. I was thinking of fans underneath. I suppose I could put a tarp
over the top, leaving some air space, to keep on and off rains from
re-wetting. Right now it is very humid here, so, cooler fall weather
should also help. Anyone have a problem like this? Any ideas on a good
way to dry it out?
I hope it dries out as that's not a good thing in case of termites.
Personally I like to have a deck board run parallel and close to the
house and have this board removeable in case I need to treat the house
for termites, etc... . This may or may not be an option for you now.
As far as drying out on its own, the house is 3 years old and I don't
think it's ever been 100% dry. BTW, the boards go perpendicular to the
wall in all cases, so removing is difficult. But, the boards are
treated and the wall is Hardy Plank ... so that's good. Also, there are
termites in the area .... I guess they are all over the country. But
here, they are not as much of a problem as in other areas like Florida.
But as I stated earlier, I do want to take off about 1/4" of the
siding at the bottom to get some breathing.
Likely the hardiplank is attached to wood so that's what the termites
will go after if they come. Do your best to get that area to dry /
stay dry. If you have dead stumps near by, do NOT remove them so it
gives the termites something to eat instead of your house.
Good Luck Art. Hope you can get it to dry.
So how old is your deck? Don't make us guess.
Does not sound as if they have dried out, yet. You may wish to rent a
moisture meter since you are worried. I'd just wait till Spring and then
I hope you haven't screwed things up with your saw.
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