as far as filling the holes i have used lightweight vinyl spackle but haven't been back to the job to see if it held up well. for projects that don't get painted i typically don't fill the holes but if i do i will just put a dab of christys red hot in the hole.
sanding deck and filling nail holes hi there i am bitting the bullet and finally sanding my deck. my main problem is do i fill the nail holes with wood filler. the deck has no roof so get's hit with a lot of rain and sun. i'm worried that the wood filler plug's will pop out over time and/or just won't look good.
sand the top of the filled hole with medium-grit sandpaper until the filler is level with the surface of the deck. repeat the process with any remaining holes.
it's a nice composite type decking and overall i am satisfied with it. the color will fade but i was told upfront to expect such. the deck boards are held in place with t-shaped hidden fasteners.
there are fasteners that mount under the deck board that i could have used but i wanted a lot of holding power on the steps especially the front edge of the step so i used the screws.
sand the surface of the deck around small holes less than 1/4 inch in diameter such as those left behind when you remove a bolted-down grill or deck swing. an 80-grit sanding pad will smooth rough edges around the hole but dont sand off the surface of the surrounding decking.
help for a hole in a wood deck. in these cases just filling a hole in a wood deck wont solve the underlying weakness of the board and it will be prone to cracking with time. alternatively you can cut a piece of decking to match the hole screw it in place fill in the gaps with wood filler as above and then re-stain the deck.
i plan to predrill pilot holes throughout. should i predrill the deck board only or the deck board and the joist where it will engage? . so my deck connections will have 1 inch thread engagement with this screw. i am using all screws and no nails in my deck.
i sunk my deck screws a little too deep into the boards on my deck and formed a perfect little hole each time i drilled a screw in. water collected. deck rotted. yes i could have and should have
a light sand of just the holes with a piece of 120grit paper - just a light rub with the paper wrapped around a finger would be enough imo. they wear smooth quickly anyway and are not usually the source of splinters so most don't bother. assuming ss screws - if gal leave alone.
related articles. push the cut dowel into the hole to fill it and sand it level. stain the top of the dowel to match the rest of the deck. if you are filling multiple nail holes place a screw collar on the ¼-inch drill bit so you can create uniform holes and fill them with matching dowels.
just make sure theres a good layer of wood filler over the nail holes screw holes or other imperfections. now let the wood filler sit for 5 minutes. it should not be dry completely before you move on to the next step.
use caulking lolif you use galvanized steel nails or screws run them flush but screws of course you can counter sink them and fill them if you wan't just depends on how you wan't your deck to look and how long you wan't it to last with what to fill with well. see below links they show some filled and some flush.
a permanent well done-fix is to set the original screw aside and purchase a machine bolt. overdrill the hole in the substrate and clean it out fill the larger hole with epoxy. drill and tap a new hole to make threads install the threaded machine bolt with some sealant. very few people i know do this method on a regular basis. but it is the best.
pre-drilling holes: the main benefit of pre-drilling holes for deck screws or any screws is simply preventing the wood from splitting. often this is the only way to prevent splitting when driving screws or nails close to the end of a board.
this is what most of the deeper holes look like. the wood is 'collapsing' around the screw hole which makes plugging tricky. at least without pulling the screw and countersinking all 900 holes but on the wood that wasn't so soft i did a little better job of flush.
screw hole composite deck filler . what should be used to fill the screw holes on a deck what should be used to fill the screw holes on a deck?. if you built your deck out of a composite material an epoxy filler might work better. pick a strategy.
there's a screw brand called ulti-mate they've got a cutting point on them for screwing without a pilot. when i lay decking i never drill a pilot hole. pilot holes cut the grain allowing water into the end grain where as drilling straight in pushes the grain apart i don't know if this makes any difference to the life of the decking tho.
drill pilot holes through the innermost rim joist into the end joists and secure them together with deck screws. step 4 next attach reinforcing brackets with deck nails or screws.
1 how do you properly mount screws on deck? first pre-drill and countersink if necessary. inject with syringe? some kind of epoxy in hole as a sealant/screw adhesive. insert and tighten screw. should i use silicone instead of epoxy? 2 how do you fill old holes? inject epoxy into hole leaving 1/8" at the top.
first the fairing of all the filled cracks and holes then the primer coat s and more sanding mostly all by hand because there are almost no flat places to use a machine. that deck took 4 months work on the weekends but it sounds like you will be sailing long before me.
no announcement yet. deck screw holes. looking for some ideas on how to fill screw holes in cedar decking. one of my guys doing the fastening of the deck thought it would be better to set screws about 1/8 to 1/4 below surface to allow for wood shrinkage my fault as i encourage thinking .
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for larger nail and screw holes we're using either bond-n-fill or white cor-tex plugs but for a lot of fastening we're shooting s.s. finish nails and that's where we're having trouble. can't seem to find the right material or method to fill these small holes.
correct deck construction starts with preparing the foundations. firm foundations will help to create a stable and long lasting deck of value. digging holes for post footings is the messiest and most unpleasant of tasks when you start a deck design it is often the job that makes people look for short-cuts or even delay deck building altogether.
nail holes aren't typically filled although i really hope you didn't use nails. unfortunately over time then tend to come loose. screws are a much better option. but what's done is done but any kind of wood filler is never going to match the deck.
additionally when the hole is chamfered on both sides a mechanical lock is formed when the hole is filled. in thicker laminates removing the screw may result in a blind hole a hole that does not go completely through the laminate. in this case use a syringe to fill from the bottom of the blind hole.