What I think that mostly means is;
Adding risers to the stairs.
Changing out ALL the non-PT rated hardware, bolts, washers, screws, nails, joist hangers...etc...hurray!
Adding code compliant hand rails to the stairs.
Here's how the deck looks from afar.
Now, lets look a little closer...help me figure out what needs to be replaced and how?
First there are no risers to either run of stairs.
I need to put in a riser that passes the 4" sphere rule.
Does anybody have any opinions on the best way to do that?
I think a single PT 2by4 would work and pass the 4" rule and allow some light to pass through.
I'm sorta thinking if it was centered in the opening it would be best.
I have PT rated pocket screws. Would two in each end and into the beefy 4by12 carriage be a strong beefy connection?
It also looks like I'll have to replace all the treads in the lower section that are not PT as they are showing signs of rotting...
Speaking of Stairs.
The PO used some sort of bracket that is not a Simpson Bracket and I don't know anything about it.
Unknown stair bracket.
The PO really, really, liked nails...
So, I think I have to replace every single (if its actually doing anything useful) rusting out nail with something else.
I'd like to replace them all with PT rated structural screws from McFeelys, does that sound reasonable?
Corroded Structural Bolts
Notice how rusted the washers are. The bolts don't look so bad but I haven't backed one out yet to see...I'm afraid too..
Whats a PT rated joist hanger?
Or hanger nail?
Questions: (remember that this is a one man operation)
Is everything that is rusting after 5 years need to be replaced? IE, the correct hardware would not be doing this right?
What's the best way to remove and replace the joist hangers? I've got slightly over 50 to do!
What's everybody think of my idea to remove the rusting out nails and replace them with PT rated structural screws?
Best way to add a riser to the stairs? Does my idea sound reasonable?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, I know that the most sensible thing to do is to tear the entire thing down and do it right from the beginning but we don't have the money or time for that.