Now that the warm months are upon us, it’s time to think of our outdoor living spaces.  This infographic addresses how to inspect your deck yourself to find out if there is anything that needs repairs.


90% of deck collapses happen because ledger boards separate.  Look for loose connections, inferior fasteners, and dry rot.

Stairs and Rails

Test the stairs and handrails to make sure they don’t wiggle or sway.

The Hula Hoop Test

Stand in the middle of your deck and swing your hips around like you’re hula hooping.  If the deck wiggles, it needs repair.

The Surface

Inspect your decl and note any loose, cracked or splintered boards.  Also look for popped nails, and signs of rot or insect infestation.

The Legs

Examine the footings and support for loose connections, inferior fasteners, pooling water and signs of decay.

Dry Rot Pick Test

Look around your deck for signs of dry rot.  Pick a spot and stick a screwdriver or ice pick into the wood to see if it gives easily.  If the wood is soft and spongy, the tool penetrates more than a quarter inch, or if the wood breaks with no sound you have dry rot.

Water Hazards

Lawn sprinklers and downspouts can be hazardous to your deck.  Look for rot in wood that is regularly exposed to pooling water.


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Source:  Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking