Carpenter with 40 years of experience, accepting small carpentry jobs and repairs in the immediate Ipswich, MA area. Fully licensed and insured. Rates: $60/hr. Contact email@example.com or text: (978) 979-6598
This 20-year-old deck looked good and was still providing service until it collapsed last winter under the weight of more than 50 lbs/sf of snow. It was a total loss. The pressure-treated wood was in surprisingly good condition, but the 2×6 frame was marginal for the span. Collapse of the deck revealed that it was nailed, not bolted to the wall, applied directly over pre-existing cedar shingles, instead of the house sheathing, and there was no flashing. The front beam was resting on 2×4’s on a bit of concrete poured on the ground. The result was that before we could begin constructing the new deck, we had to completely remove the old deck, repair some rotted framing and replace sheathing a couple of feet up the wall.