Danny's twenty-year-old deck now looks brand new, thanks to the new decking and railing he built with the following Titan Building Products.
Danny, the owner, and DIY builder took advantage of the summer of 2020 to give his lake house deck a whole new look and life. And he did it all by himself!
The framing and foundation were still in top shape even after twenty years of Canadian deep freeze winters and sweltering hot summers. But the deck boards and railings were finished.
The 2"x2" balusters were face nailed to the fascia and the posts had no protective post caps so, it was certainly time for an upgrade. And that's exactly what Danny did and you can too!
Danny has lived his entire life near the shores of Lake Wanapitei, surrounded by the beautiful boreal forests of Northern Ontario in Canada. Lake Wanapitei occupies a meteorite crater near the mining city, and Nickle Capital of the world, Sudbury, Ontario.
He loves fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling, and now, enjoying the fruits of his labor by spending time with family and friends on his new lakefront deck.
Once the decking was removed Danny just got to work installing decking. And since he was using the Titan Wood Post Anchor™ all he had to do was install a couple flat 2"x8" in the joist below the location of each post.
There was no need to do any complicated blocking techniques using different fasteners and connectors. Instead, Danny just went ahead and installed the decking starting from the front of the deck and then working towards the house.
Surface mounting the 6"x6" wood posts with the Titan Wood Post Anchor™ also meant there was no need to notch deck boards around each post and the posts were elevated 5/8” above the deck surface so they will stay dry and free from rot for their lifetime.
Posts set into dark joist bays can be susceptible to rot if you live in a wet moist climate. With this set up Danny’s posts are going to be the last wood posts he will ever have to install!
Danny used 6"x6" posts instead of the more common 4"x4" posts. The larger posts look grand and compliment the size of the deck and its overall vast lake front environment. Each post anchor has a series of counter-bored perimeter holes for the deck screws to go through and leave a flush finish.
There is a ton of snow on Lake Wanapitei during the winter months so, Danny opted for our galvanized and powder coated two-piece snap fit post skirts to protect the post and give the deck a professional finished look.
Danny's 2"x4" rails took on a sleek look when they were attached to the 6"x6" posts using Titan’s polycarbonate Shadow Rail Connectors™. All the screws are hidden inside and are the same shape and profile as the 2"x 4".
Such a professional clean look.
One thing to remember when using really wet lumber is to let it sit for a few days in a covered area so it can acclimate to the ambient humidity.
This is important and even more so if you are using larger dimensional lumber like 6"x6" posts for your railing.
Because large posts have more moisture in them. They shrink more noticeably and so it's critical to make sure they are stable by the time you install them. A soaking wet 6"x6" treated post might shrink ¼”. If you've cut your rails to the correct gap at the start of installation and the posts shrink afterwards, you can end up with gaps between the 2"x4" and your connectors or your posts. (see image)
This can happen no matter what kind of connecting method you use. So be aware of this and again, be sure to let your wood sit under cover for a few days to air out before building with it.
Everyone knows, because of what went on during 2020, that anyone building a wood structure faced demand challenges in the building materials industry. Many mills shut down temporarily either because demand was not predicted to be high early in the year or there were employees who became infected with the virus.
Then demand kicked in hard by about April or May and mills were playing catch up all summer long. Trees were going from logs to treatment facilities as fast as possible and lumber was arriving that was soaking wet, up to 30% moisture content.
Lumber prices soared and the wet wood required a bit more attention before you could build with it. (see Builder's Tip above)