Is your deck aging and starting to fall apart? Are you building a new deck or landscaping for your backyard? Do you need to understand how to tear down your old wooden deck and throw it away? A new deck addition to your backyard can be a great way to entertain family and friends.
A wooden deck can last for a long time, but if it hasn’t been well-maintained, you’re looking at an aging deck that needs to be torn down or replaced.
Here are some signs that your deck needs to be removed or replaced:
Are there loose boards in different locations on your deck? Look for cracked, loose, or rotten boards, and you’ll need to inspect the frame underneath.
Over time, the deck boards will dry out from sunlight and start to splinter. Then, the nails and screws will pop up, and bolts can become loose.
Dark brown or green weak spots on your deck boards can be a sign of rot.
A few things you should do before you start to tear down your aging deck are:
Make sure you have the tools and safety gear needed to complete removing your deck. Everything you need should be available at your local hardware or home improvement store if you don’t have them already.
Use this method to breakdown your existing deck:
· Remove any handrails either using a crowbar or use a drill to reverse the screws.
· Pry off the deck boards one by one with a pry bar and claw hammer.
· Collect the nails and screws in a container, so you don’t have any loose items to step on.
· Cut the deck frame away from your home using a saw.
· Stack deck boards together in size off to the side.
· Cut joists off using a sledgehammer.
· Remove hanger boards.
· Dig out concrete footings of the support posts.
· Pull the Steps Apart by prying the treads up and remove the risers and posts.
Once your deck is completely torn down, you’ll be left with a lot of wood. There are quite a few options you have on what to do with your wood from upcycling to disposing of what’s too beat up to reuse in another project.
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