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Old 06-24-2008, 07:04 PM   #21
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The big problem with Ipe is the structure under the deck, it won't be Ipe and probably won't last nearly as long as the deck boards.

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Old 06-24-2008, 07:18 PM   #22
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FWIW, I recommend the reddish/brown acq pressure treat lumber for structural components instead of the green pressure treat. It'll keep a nice color for a good 7-8 years and takes paint and stain very well after that.

For some reason the local home depot/lowes characters like to put this wood out in the landscaping/nursery area instead of the lumber area.

I've been able to find it in 6x6, 4x4, 2x4 sizes. I havent seen a source for 4x6's but I havent looked that hard.

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Old 06-28-2008, 12:00 PM   #23
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Well, the guys demoed the old deck this AM and have knocked down a couple of eucalyptus that were in the middle. Grinding the stumps currently. No tree parts extending into my house or windows so I'm breathing a sigh of relief.

Decided to go redwood again. Looking at the joists and ledgers underneath after demo and it was totally trashed. All in all, don't think I need a nicer set of floor boards at this point in life. Got a good overall deal. Half of the original est. from the first contractor using comp or ipe. Pays to keep shopping.

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