Anybody out there have any experince with the deckwrecker bar for removing decking or any other "special" deck removal tools. Thanks.
nope, I'm an old [JOBSITE WORD], use what I got and hate every minute of deck removal.
I'm so old, I've quit doing decks and that I guess encompasses removal too.
Screw it---------------------------------wish they had-all the decks I've redone or removed were fastened with spiral nails.............
alot of them.
They should be outlawed and the guy that used them should be jailed.
But I digress-sorry, no help here.
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Thanks for yur thoughts Calvin, I to am old and crusty, but I am trying to get through 600 sq of decking and still be able to stand up when I'm done I think you know what I mean.
I tore down a deck-like staircase last year and used a combination of recip saw, wrecking bar, and sledge. I'd probably use the same combination, plus a circ saw, to remove the deck itself.
The bolts holding the treads to the stringers weren't stainless and mostly broke when I tried using a pneumatic impact wrench on them.
". . . and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."
Renosteinke and I had a go around about impact driver and impact wrench. He finds no difference-you found one important one.
The wrench's hammer like action is on the turning only. An impact driver's is on the driving, which works much like the old way to get out a stubborn screw- Tapping on the end of a screw driver while turning.
Yes, it's hard to tell beforehand whether hammering on the end of the bolt would help loosen it, although it may well have. Unfortunately, my hammer drill doesn't have a low-enough speed setting to apply the torque necessary. I'm sure glad it's done now--and I used only stainless steel bolts on the new PT staircase:
Removed from the old stairs
The new PT stairs--with all stainless steel fasteners, and lacking balusters
I would not have any idea how a hammer drill would work (but I think terribly)
An impact driver is what I have, what I use and would not part with for the projects described.
That's why I got into the fray with Reno. Realize of course I'm just a dumb 62 yo carpenter. What the heck do I know.
When I've done it I've mostly used a sledge hammer. But I knocked the deck down first, so I didn't have to pound up.
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Thanks for you thoughts DanH I bought the Deckwrecker and it is an awsome tool! We removed 600sqft of decking in less than 2 hrs and never broke a board!!!! Great tool for old guys.lol Thanks
I've removed a lot of decking with the deck wrecker and love it. It' not the answer to every board but most of the time it works like a champ. We use chainsaws, recips, circular saws, diamond blade grinders, pry bars, etc., whatever it takes to get it on the ground the fastest.
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Deck removal is sometimes done with a truck, a rope or chain, lots of beer, and it is best to be recorded for future reference.