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Trimming the excess of the decking.

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  • #646322

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    What works well for cutting the ends you leave Wild when you’re doing retrofit?
    I’m working on a large meranti deck repair all cut on 45. I need to let the ends go wild and trim them after the fact but I can’t get a saw in there and certainly not attract saw in between all the posts notched on the outside.

    Looking for a clean way to cut them straight the only thing I’m thinking is possibly by hand. And I can’t accept that.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #646324

    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    We need some pictures @topnotch .

    #646326

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    Would a OMT work at all?

    #646328

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Here
    Its so time consuming. I have to replace about 6 posts as well none of which are where it would benefit me to swing the rails in a bit.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #646331

    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    Could you use the colt trim router with a off set base?

    #646334

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    The cut edge is too close to the post and rail. The track saw would be perfect but its the wrong side of the line.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #646335

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    Jig saw work?

    #646336

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Jig saw work?

    No the body rides too close I considered it.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #646337

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    Could you mark the boards and pull them back out and cut? I’m guessing you screwed them in?

    Ron

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    #646340

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    I started doing that in random places Ron but it sucks. Meranti sucks to work with as it is. Its hard and Im using soft fasteners. SS.

    You get bows and other little weird things that through the diagonal cuts out of whack real easy.

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    Tom M

    #646342

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    I started doing that in random places Ron but it sucks. Meranti sucks to work with as it is. Its hard and Im using soft fasteners. SS.

    You get bows and other little weird things that through the diagonal cuts out of whack real easy.

    Looks and sounds like a pain in the tail.
    Rons idea with the off set base for the colt would work other than right next to the posts. Maybe use a hand saw and a belt sander to get the remainder flush?

    Ron

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    #646345

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    In the first photo I would trim the ones that are hanging out from the bottom side. Add a temporary shim along the rim board and guide the 1 1/2″ side of shoe of a circular saw along the shim.

    You may have a little hand work at the posts but that would get most of it.

    #646352

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    At first I thought that too Kurt. But not sure that he has that much clearance. Looks like it might be less than 1 1/2″ to me with the strip under the decking.

    Ron

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    #646355

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    At first I thought that too Kurt. But not sure that he has that much clearance. Looks like it might be less than 1 1/2″ to me with the strip under the decking.

    Depending on how much less, I would be tempted to cut down the base of an old saw if necessary.

    #646356

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    It’s worth trying from the underside. We’ll see.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #646370

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    At first I thought that too Kurt. But not sure that he has that much clearance. Looks like it might be less than 1 1/2″ to me with the strip under the decking.

    Depending on how much less, I would be tempted to cut down the base of an old saw if necessary.

    I have done this before..

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #646375

    I would run a stringe line on the outside measure out to that and cut each board . Or use my track saw , jigsaw , etc what every made the cut lol . Good luck

    Always willing to learn .

    #646389

    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Easton, Pa
    #646390

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Have you considered using the track saw Without the track? The blade is almost all the way to the edge of the saw and woudn’t need much clearance from the posts to make the cut.

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    #646395

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Have you considered using the track saw Without the track? The blade is almost all the way to the edge of the saw and woudn’t need much clearance from the posts to make the cut.

    That’s a good idea and you could tack a bit of 1x to guide the saw.

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

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