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With all due Respect to BC...

Posted by Steve: on January 26th, 2001 04:42 PM
In reply to synthetic decks by bc on January 26th, 2001 11:45 AM [Go to top of thread]

I just tore off the decking of a 5 year old deck. The decking was 5/4 and yes on 16" OC's. I walked the deck between the joists and the deck did bounce.

She hated it.

I tore the 5/4 off and laid 2x6's on and she should never have any problems.

I space my joists 16 OC even with 2x6's and have heard that a non bounce deck with 5/4 should be on 12 OC. What a waste of money in extra joists.

BC, I just have not had good luck with 5/4 and my compadres down here would not touch it either.

Here are a few dollar material figures per square foot that I have adhered to and do work.

Wolmanized Treated Wood $3.50 a square foot
Redwood Heart Wood $7.00 a square foot
Cedar $6.25 a square foot

Trex is more than redwood
Vinyl is more than trex

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