1. When your deck is wobbly, it is likely that the lag screws may be loose or missing. The lag screws are used to fasten the deck to a home. Contact a pro to assess if they need tightening.
2. Your carpenter should also inspect the metal joist hangers for your deck or porch structure. It is important that he or she ensures each joist hole is filled with a joist nail.
3. Take note of any rot that may be occurring within your deck or porch support posts. If it is necessary for the carpenter to replace the posts, he or she can add temporary braces.
4. Check the deck ledger that runs along your home. If the ledger is missing or damaged, replacing it allows you to control water damage that often occurs.
5. Your carpenter can repair or prevent missing spindles along your deck or porch by securing them with carriage bolts. It is important to drill the holes for the carriage bolts on an angle.
6. Railings are important safety features for your deck or porch. Make sure your contractor uses galvanized nails or screws to hold the railings in place.
7. To prevent slip-and-fall accidents, you can attach gripping pads or non-skid mats on the steps of your porch or deck structure.
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