Deck remodel (DIWC)

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  1. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    What is the plan for getting on and off the concrete pad at the bottom of the steps.
     
  2. Brandth

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    I didn't realize that you could mount a huge a/c unit to the side of a house like that??
     
  3. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Pretty typical install especially if it is a heat pump. In an area where there is snow, you need to keep that unit up enough so the snow does not cause air flow issues. Typically those wall brackets are mounted to exposed foundation.

    Slightly different than I might do here, but seems like a decent enough install. Those wall brackets are a much cheaper option that pouring a proper pad to mount a ground stand on.

    Especially with a new house where the ground will settle over the first few years (freeze and thaw cycles) this is a good idea. Too much movement and the refrigeration lines are damaged and you have issues. Only down side is possible vibration transferred to the house. Depending on what is on the other side of the wall there this is likely not really an issue, especially if it is the mechanical loom.
     
  4. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    There's going to be another concrete step. I can't believe they didn't already do it. I came home the day they poured it and left late for work the next day to talk to them. Its over 12" at the farthest corner. I can't believe that would even meet code. They're going to do a standard 7 3/4" rise and put in a step below. I really wish that would have been two steps in that footprint but I can't be there watching the contractor all day long so you adapt.
     
  5. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Yeap as long as something is going to happen it will be okay, you'll hardly notice the difference. In my area I don't thin that would be code compliant. If possible (and I don't really know what their plan is) I might ask for them to tie the two pours together. Hammer drill the fresh concrete (easy) epoxy in a couple pieces of short coated rebar) and pour the new step right into that.

    Your are correct in that it should have already been done. I am sure it will be fine, but I don't love the idea of the joint in the concrete.
     
  6. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Our entire development is like that. Not sure 100% what the reason is but it avoids pouring a slab and doesn't require any grading for a sloping yard. That would be my guess.
     
  7. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Looks good!
     
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  8. Dustin B

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    Definitely can and I think it's should be the norm in most cases (especially if it's located somewhere that could get bumped). Up like that it will get better air flow. And being rigidly mounted to the house if it gets bumped it won't move possibly cracking a solder joint and letting all your refrigerant out.

    And for some reason Tapatalk didn't update when I refreshed the thread and just repeated what Chris said
     
  9. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    Just watched Tommy use your piers to build a deck on This Old House. Very interesting system.
     
  10. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Installed a bit of joist guard last night, just to see how it would go.

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  11. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    First time using this stuff.
     
  12. Brandth

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    What does that item do?
     
  13. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Guards the joist.
     
  14. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Drew is correct. But a different way to say it is that it prevents water from sitting on top of the joists, which is one of the places they would rot first. Think of it like shingles for a roof.
     
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  15. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Shingles ARE for a roof. I think you mean, think of it like shingles for the joists.

    BTW, my deck is done.
     
  16. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    What I mean is it does for joists what shingles do for a roof.
     
  18. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    So they are jingles.
     
  19. DYohn

    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Where's the concrete pad for the hot tub?
     
  20. pillatier

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    Resisto - same as the stuff used on roof to prevent ice damming - except it comes in joint width roll.
     

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