Step 2: Cut the damaged board

cut and remove damaged boards
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Make the cut in a damaged board that’s next to a good one and whose groove faces the other boards that will be replaced. (You can spot the tongues and grooves at the ends of the decking along the front edge of the porch.) Starting at the porch edge, run the saw down the center of the damaged board to avoid hitting nails. Stop when you reach the house wall. Remove the saw and drive a 1—inch demolition chisel into the kerf to split the final few inches.
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    Tools List

    • belt sander
      BELT SANDER
    • hammer
      HAMMER
    • circular saw
      CIRCULAR SAW
    • table saw
      TABLE SAW
    • demolition chisel
      1-INCH DEMOLITION CHISEL
    • flat prybar
      PRY BAR
    • nailset
      NAILSET

    Shopping List

    1. DECKING

    2. OIL-BASED PRIMER

    3. POLYURETHANE CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    4. STAINLESS STEEL RING—SHANK SIDING NAILS

    5. WOOD PUTTY

    6. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    7. TACK CLOTH

    8. OIL—BASED DECK PAINT