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        I have a small deck off the second story that covers the front porch that is rotting inside the vinyl covering. Upon dismantle it looks like previous owner extended the deck about 1 foot all the way around. What appears to be the original deck substructure is all charred. Just blackened, no deep burns. I had heard that part of the house had burnt, but not the porch. Don't know if they re used wood or if the charting was intentional as a treatment. It still seems very sturdy while the newer wood is rotted and appeared to have been devoured by termites. Not sure if I should leave the charred boards or start from scratch... Any help is greatly appreciated and I can have pictures posted as soon as I figure out how to.
         
        Posts: 1 | Location: chattanooga, Tn. | Registered: Jul 10, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If it were mine I would start from scratch and not try to piece the new with the old.
         
        Posts: 1735 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 27, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        To post photos, try these options:

        1. Check Simply_Me's good instructions in "The porch that went bad" post under Outdoor Projects in the Home Improvement Section":

        http://boards.diynetwork.com/e...943964177#3943964177

        2. Or Click on Tools below the DIY Message Boards toolbar, then click Help, then "How to Post Photos."
         
        Posts: 1750 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If the wood is discovered to be surface charred, then I would reuse it with confidence. Charred wood is actually very structurally strong, less likely to burn, plus termite and rot resistant.
         
        Posts: 6866 | Location: Plains and Mountains | Registered: Sep 26, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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