Smart Deck Repair
Even the best-protected deck boards are susceptible to twisting, rotting or cupping. And usually it’s that board in the middle of a 30-foot run that’s the issue. A pry bar or a claw hammer can be used to remove the compromised piece, but it’s easy to injure boards around it. The smart option is to do some strategic cutting.
An oscillating tool, such as the Bosch multi-tool and its many cutting blades, is well suited for this job. Start by using the oscillating tool with a wood-cutting blade to remove a board section between the joists to allow access, then make a quick change to a metal-cutting blade and get between the remaining boards to cut the nail or screw fastener.
Once the board is removed measure the opening, cut a new piece of treated lumber and attach with a galvanized fastener. Be sure to allow for 1⁄8-inch expansion. Now that’s a repair with an oscillating tool that saves both time and money. And this process can be used on handrails as well.