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Old 05-23-2020, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Rebuilding a deck

If Iím putting treating wood on the top of my deck, do I still need to leave a gap? Itís not dried yet. The last ones I helped build, we just used pencils to keep the same gap between boards. Itís been 20+ years ago though and my memoryís a little foggy.
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Old 05-23-2020, 04:53 PM   #2
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I would use a small gap, they will shrink.

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Old 05-23-2020, 05:00 PM   #3
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Do NOT gap them. The gaps will be huge when it dries out. If you donít gap them, they will shrink and gap perfectly!


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Old 05-23-2020, 05:02 PM   #4
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I was reading up earlier and it said you want about 1/8Ē between them after they dry. Recommended not gapping wet treated so they can dry, but I wanted to get some opinions from people that have done this either way.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:10 PM   #5
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No gap.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:18 PM   #6
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No gap for PT unless you need the acorns to fall through in the fall.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:27 PM   #7
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No gap
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:31 PM   #8
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This is a porch I built after it dried out notice the gap, I didn't use a gap when I installed it

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Old 05-23-2020, 05:48 PM   #9
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No gap for PT unless you need the acorns to fall through in the fall.


Thereís a huge oak tree over it, but I take my blower and clean it off pretty regular.
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Old 05-23-2020, 06:26 PM   #10
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NO gaps.
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:52 PM   #11
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You've been given the correct information.

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Old 05-23-2020, 09:06 PM   #12
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We just built a deck about a year and a half ago. We did not have any gaps, because the guy who helped me build it, said to put the deck boards as close as possible together. Because when they dry out, they will shrink and the gaps will open up. Sure enough, we have between 1/4" gaps to 5/8" gaps, in some areas.

Frank's primary job is a cabinet maker, but he has been a carpenter and done all types of other forms of construction work. He would look at each board, figure out how it was bowed, then lay it down, so the outward part of the bow was up against the previous board. Then we would pick a end, screw one end down solid. Then bend the board, till the other end, comes as close as possible to touching the board it is next to. Frank was trying to use a large pry bar, that was not working as good as we hoped for. I came up with using ratchet straps to pull each board till the free end was solid up against the board next to it. We did that for each board. There was virtually no gap between the boards, but now there is typically 1/4" gap, between the boards.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:11 PM   #13
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No gap. My deck is about 2 years old. I used wet, treated wood. Slammed the top boards in there as close as I could get them. They dried perfectly with the right amount of gap
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:14 PM   #14
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I'm going to disagree.

I didn't gap treated 2x6s on my deck and they never dried/shrunk and there is no gap in about 90% of the deck boards. I have no idea why, but I'd put a gap in there.

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Old 05-23-2020, 09:47 PM   #15
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If they are dry, then gap no more than 1/8". If they are wet, NO GAP period!

AND, and this is big, use deck screws that are made for treated or coated, NOT NAILS!
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:58 PM   #16
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I don’t leave a gap on treated decks or wood privacy fencing, don’t stain for 8 -12 months
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:04 PM   #17
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Do NOT gap them. The gaps will be huge when it dries out. If you donít gap them, they will shrink and gap perfectly!


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This! Do not gap unless you want big spaces between boards. They will gap perfect as the wood dries
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