Saving a Deck from the Landfill – Part 1

Deck Repair by Scotty-Scotts ContractingSt Louis Renewable Energy

Because the Deck was not built to current Building Codes the St Louis Building Code Department required:

“Bring the Deck to Current Building Codes or Tear it Down”

  1. Structural Site Inspection and Documentation of Needed Repairs of the Deck by an Architectural Engineer,

  2. Obtain a Repair Permit (based on the Engineers findings) for the needed repairs,

  3. Structurally reinforce the existing deck to the Suggestions made by the Architectural Engineer,

  4. Repair other areas that are in disrepair

  5. Have the added “Structural Work” Inspected by the St Louis Building Code Official

  6. Power Wash and Paint

  7. Final Inspection by the St Louis Building Code Official and Property Owner

 Day 1 Work Photos

  • Add ½ in by 8in Lag Bolts at 16in OC at Joist House Connection to existing 3/8 in Lag Bolts
Add ½ in by 8in Lag Bolts at 16in OC at Joist House Connection to existing 3/8 in Lag Bolts, Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy
  • Additional Photo of Added Lag Bolts to Joist Wall Connection
Additional Photo of Added Lag Bolts to Joist Wall Connection
  • Lag Bolts at 16in OC the Entire Length of the Joist
Lag Bolts at 16in OC the Entire Length of the Joist
  • Temporary Support for Safety and to make sure the Deck Stays True and Plumb while we added the Double 2×8 Main Support Beam
  • Note: I don’t really think the Deck would have collapsed onto the crew while working on the Main Support but for Peace of Mind I went ahead and installed a Temporary 2×4 Post and Beam.
Temporary Support for Safety
  • Note: Simpson Strong Tie Connector- Post Beam Connection on 2 Center Posts
  • Outer Post utilize 2- 1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer
Simpson Strong Tie Connector- Post Beam Connection on 2 Center Posts

Day 2 Work Photos

  • Upper Stairs and New Deck Boards
  • 3- 2×12 Stair Stringers
  • 7 3/4in Risers
  • 10 in Tread
Upper Stairs and New Deck Boards
  • Upper Stairs
  • New Deck Boards
  • New Upper Railing
Upper Stairs,New Deck Boards,New Upper Railing
  • Removing Lower Stair Case
Removing Lower Stair Case
  • Adding 2×8 to Existing Double 2×8 Joist- 3 Total 2×8- Combination of 16 Galvanized Nails, Screws, Glued, and 2-1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer
Adding 2×8 to Existing Double 2×8 Joist- 3 Total 2×8- Combination of 16 Galvanized Nails, Screws, Glued, and 2-1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer

Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

Day 3 Photos will post in the next few days or click here to view complete project photos at Scotts Contracting Photo Album

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