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Question on leveling a wood deck

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 Seeking advice on 2 items;  1. What to do to level my wood deck; The deck attaches to the house; we have an enclosed screen room on it; it has settled with the house at about 1 inch.  How can I level it back up safely?

2. Any recommendations on floor covering for the wood floor/decking for the screen room so we don't cause the wood to rotten but have a covering.

Last time I leveled a deck I (post #216235, reply #1 of 4)

Last time I leveled a deck I used a 10-pound sledge hammer.  Had it leveled and the pieces in a pile for the trash lady in about 30 minutes.  (Wasn't a very well-built deck.)

For floor covering, though, I recommend indoor-outdoor carpeting.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Last time I leveled a deck I (post #216235, reply #2 of 4)

Thank you; you're suggesting that I scrap the deck and screen room if I understand your point.  

I was hoping adjusting the post down by the 1 inch that it settled would be an option.

You've been danswered! Just (post #216235, reply #3 of 4)

You've been danswered!

Just jack the deck up level and install a new bolt.  Really a very simple process and one that's done all the time. Most deck post go flush with the top of the joists which gives you plenty of room to go up an inch and still have plenty of structure.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Understand that we have no (post #216235, reply #4 of 4)

Understand that we have no idea of how your deck is constructed, how high it is off the ground, what sort of footings are in place, etc.  Without that info it's impossible to give a reasonably on-target answer -- anything that's suggested is just speculation.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville