Having a deck as an outdoor spot to hang out is such a cool idea.

It exudes pure chill vibes and a welcoming feel every time you come aroundIt’s perfect for hosting small and intimate gatherings with families and friendsYou can design it with lights and nice patio furniture sets.

Over time, with the changes of weather, dirt build-up, and age, the deck boards might get bad. Sometimes it leaks or cracks. Or when you step on it, it wiggles a lot more than before. This is a sure sign that it needs replacing. Here’s how you can replace your deck boards.

Replacing Damaged Deck Boards

Before you start this project, you must have basic knowledge of carpentry and its tools. Please take note that it’s not easy, unlike any other craft projects. This will take time and patience.

Step 1 Gather all the materials and tools

It’s advisable to create a checklist so you won’t miss out on any tools you need.

  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Cat’s paw
  • Extension cord
  • Hammer
  • Hearing protection or earplugs
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Pry bar
  • Nail set
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • New deck boards
  • Galvanized nails and screws

Step 2  Taking out the damaged decks

  • You need to cut out all the bad pieces of deck boards. You can mark those deck boards beforehand so you won’t miss any single piece that needs to be replaced.
  • Pick a new set of deck boards that closely matches your old ones. The type of wood you used for the deck should also be the same. It will be weird and unclean to see a different type of wood being installed.
  • To check if it’s the same wood you’re about to purchase, you can seek assistance from one of the store personnel and ask them to cut you a little piece. Try smelling the wood to identify what kind it is and study the internal characteristics as well. Some cured wood can trick us into looking at the same as we have on our deck. But truth be told, it’s a different wood.
  • Then, take your jigsaw and take out the damaged deck board cutting it from the joists at both ends. To do a perfect cut, make sure you’re using a speed square to observe efficiency and consistency.
  • Position the saw blade at an angle of a few degrees to have the new deck board fit tightly and replace the old board.
  • Then use a cat’s paw to pull any nails buried on the old decks. Perform this task with caution.
  • Use a hammer to lift the nail until the rest of its body comes off from the wood. Set the nail aside or discard it in a safe place. Never leave it unattended lying on the deck.
  • Take out the rest of the nails as well as the old deck boards. Set aside the old deck boards.

Step 3 Measuring the new deck boards

  • Your basis for measurement is the missing gaps of the deck where you originally took out the bad ones earlier. Take your measuring tape and start measuring from the tips of the gaps. Take note of your measurements and check off each board you measured. Make sure to label them so you won’t get confused later on.
  • For the measurements, allow at least ⅛” to be deducted from the exact measurements. This will help you to snug in the new deck boards into the gaps.

Step 4 Cutting the new deck boards

  • Take your circular saw and speed square and start cutting your new deck boards according to your measurements. Also, ensure that you’ve squared up your wood to get rid of the wood’s ragged cuts on the tips.
  • Mark your measurements onto the deck boards by positioning a tape measure to the end of the board. Draw a little “V” letter where you need to cut the wood. Have your speed square handy to help you cut the wood correctly.
  • Then have your circular saw well aligned so it can cut the line in half. Let the excess wood fall safely. Make sure your feet are far from where the excess wood falls.

Step 5 Installing the new deck boards

  • Finally, you’re on the last part of this deck renovation project. Before you proceed to install your newly cut deck boards, you need to clean the area first. Depending on where you live, check the gaps and the overall deck for dried leaves, dust, waste, or garbage that can block your way. It’s important that when you install the deck boards, there’d be no garbage inside the gaps. You want to throw those away and clean it up.
  • Verify the new deck boards first if it fits inside the gap. If it does, then start installing it using your drill. Drill at two holes on each joist at least 1” from the board’s sides.
  • Then, insert your screws using a screwdriver from those holes. The screws should be long and strong enough to bury deep down for at least 2” into the joist. Keep screwing those until only its heads are left on the deck board.
  • Repeat the same process for the rest of the new boards.

Note: It’s highly recommended to use screws instead of nails since they offer better durability and longevity.

There you have it, a newly renovated deck!

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