I hesitate to start this post of a project that I've postponed for too long - most especially because I know you folks like to see progress reports and you like them frequently. Well, I'm not working at that pace any longer, so you'll have to take them when I get to them.
First my loosely formed plan: My pressure treated deck was built about 27 years ago. I took the time to clean, seal, and stain regularly for the first 20+ years. Then, I let it go a couple years, and couldn't get it as clean first, then it just got out of hand.
Here is a picture from the last time I "successfully" cleaned, stained, and sealed it about 5 years ago:
That was a Cedar shaded stain with sealer in it.
And, unfortunately, a similar angle of how it looked this morning:
This is the north side of my house, and shaded about 80% of the day. Letting it get ahead of me was a mistake. And, at 27 years, the CCA has given up the ghost. My plan is to rip the deck surface off, including railings, benches, facia, steps, down to the substructure. From the underside the substructure looks pretty good, but 27 years ago the deck was nailed down with those galvanized spiral nails, and they just tend to break off, rather than pull. I'm not sure what the tops of the floor joist will look like when I get the deck off. Decisions will be made then. Fingers crossed, most or all of it will pass muster and I'll reuse. But, I plan to use one of the manufactured decking (Trex or TimberTech are top of my list now) and I don't want to invest as much as that will cost only to have substructure failure in 5-10 years under it. We'll see.
This afternoon, once the temps and humidity were both above 90, I started with the railing and built in benches. This is how far I got when Scout who was watching from the shade declared us finished for the day.
All comments always welcome. I'll especially appreciate those indicating I am not working fast enough.