Redwood Deck Repair job at Mom and Dad’s

About 35 years ago, Mom and Dad bought their property, and did some MAJOR landscaping, using redwood to build a giant deck, and plant barriers all around their house; and well? The age is starting to show. I didn’t get the money “before” shot (I’m still struggling with that one!) so I’ll start with the first repair that was made.

Two men working on a redwood deck that has pulled away from its placement

The boards that frame the deck were a bit warped, and pulling away from each other, so Sam ripped the molding off, and started in on the wall that was also pulling away from the cement that is in front of my Dad.

They reinforced the edge of the deck with a 2×4, drilled pilot holes for the edge of the wall and attached it to the cement using some cement screws,

Two men working on a redwood deck that has pulled away from its placement

And re-attached the molding. Viola!

Next on the list were some supports that had rotted out, so we removed some boards to look underneath.

35 year old redwood decking that has weathered gray, with some boards pulled up.

There were only a few supports that were totally shot in this section:

A redwood decking support that has rotted out

So we got some reinforcements in there:

A redwood decking support that has rotted out with a new support placed next to it

This whole time, by the way, my main job was de-nailing all of the boards we pulled up. Some had rotted out wood still attached on the nails:

A redwood board that has been pulled away from its support that has rotted out with some of the rotting wood still attached to its original nails

I’m pretty sure I removed over 250 nails. Here’s a great view of my job site:

Redwood decking planks that have been pulled up and are drying in the sun with the original nails still in them and rotting wood attached to the original nails

Next was a corner section under a bench seat that had rotted out underneath:

A man sitting in a hole where redwood decking has been pulled out and in the process of placing new supports for the deck

Again, we added some supports, and replaced the decking:

Redwood decking pulled up from a corner and new supports and cinder blocks put in place

When Sam replaces those deck boards, then he did an 80% fix on the flower box that was being pushed out by the dirt:

Redwood decking replaced After supports have been reinforced

Voila! This deck is getting sturdy now!

Lastly, there was a corner on the upper deck that had rotted out as well. This area had been wired to install a hot tub years ago… but my mom couldn’t get past her anxiety about a potential neighborhood child wandering into their backyard and making their way unattended to the hot tub, so one was never installed.

A corner where redwood decking planks have been removed to reveal some rotted out supports

Sam and Dad put some supports in this section, and even had to raise the flower box up 3″ to make it level again:

Redwood decking pulled up from a corner and new supports and cinder blocks put in place

And with a quick re-trimming of the boards, they were crewed back in place!

Redwood decking replaced After supports have been reinforced

Hooray!!! The repair job is complete!

Next on the list: power wash and then stain. This old Redwood is going to get a face lift.

Stay tuned!

With Love, Erika Nora

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