How to Repair a Deck
Time Required: 2-4 hours
Repairing a deck can save you time and money, especially if it is a small area. If a cosmetic issue, remove the plank, flip and refasten. If repairing a damaged joist, support the deck on one side or it could crash. Make any wood replacements with a similar type of pressure-treated lumber. This guide will teach you to how to repair a deck or joist safely.
Inspect the joists underneath for signs of rotted wood. Use a hammer and chisel to remove any rotted portions of joists. Repair and reinforce joists that have soft, discolored areas with rotted wood putty.
When you consider how to repair a deck, it is important to treat all sides of the reinforcing joist. Apply a clear sealer and let it dry. Position the reinforcing joist tightly against the damaged joist, and attach it with 16d (3 1/2-inch) galvanized nails driven every 2 feet or fasten it with 3 1/2-inch galvanized deck screws.
Learning how to repair a deck is a great way to maintain your outdoor space and save money. Ready to find the supplies you need in your local store? Use The Home Depot app to locate products and check inventory.