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Unread 06-10-2019, 06:20 PM   #61
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The deck is 16 X 20.
So I am trying to think how to keep the 2X4 that bottom out the skirt from warping?
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Unread 06-10-2019, 08:16 PM   #62
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It may not warp as bad as one that's been left sitting in the sun.

I'd still stake it, though.
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Unread 06-10-2019, 08:17 PM   #63
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You won't. Certainly not on long runs such as that.

Might wanna consider using a piece of that composite stuff you used for your decking.
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Unread 06-10-2019, 09:48 PM   #64
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If you want to keep out burrowing animals, you can try trenching and burying some stainless steel hardware cloth. Then attach the hardware cloth to your on-the-ground 2x4.

Of course, if you bury the hardware cloth 10" deep, the animals may just burrow 11" deep.

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The secret to lessening burrowing critters (not eliminating) from getting under fencing and stuff is to use a wire mesh like Wayne said, but bending it at a right angle outwards under the fence or board once your at the desired depth. That way when they dig down they then have to dig backwards. Most critters (and some people too) once they set off in one direction, have a tendency to not want to reverse course. They give up, move a few inches over and start again. Depends on what wildlife you have in your area. Moles and voles; 6ā€ down is enough. Badgers and such; Iā€™d go at least 12-18ā€. Just remember, in the end nature always wins.
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I am considering sandwiching the bottom of the skirt between a set of PT 1x1 instead of the 2x4. I will dig this sandwich about 4 inches into the ground (with aluminum spikes too). This way it might stop anything getting in but I do realise that I won't stop mice or rabbits who don't mind digging. Do you think a sandwich of 1x1 will be an ok substitute for the 2x4?
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Unread 06-12-2019, 01:23 PM   #67
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How would you attach them to the spikes?
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My apologies, I meant the 2x2's.
I would drill a hole in the 2x2 and stake it that way. 1x1 would be much too small.
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Sounds like a fella trying to make more work for hisownself.
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I have started trenching under the deck for the skirt - this is where I will put the 2x4 (I have gone back to listening to your instructions). Should I put stone dust down before I put in the 2x4? Should I damp it as well?
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should I treat cedar?

I am going to put some cedar around the bottom edges of the Skirting of the deck to prevent the grass edger from scratching up the paint on the skirt. This will form a bottom edge to the skirt that goes all the way around the perimeter. Should I treat the cedar with anything?
I bought 5/4 x 6 pieces.
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Unread 07-02-2019, 04:16 PM   #72
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Left untreated, cedar will start to show considerable wear in five years or so. Probably less if it's in contact with the ground.
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what would you suggest I treat it with? I would like it to last a lot longer than 5 years...
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Unread 07-02-2019, 05:18 PM   #74
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An oil-based deck sealer.
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From your description of what you're doing, I can't tell how much if it will be in contact with the ground. But if that's the case you may want to seal those areas before installation.
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