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mtripoli
Deck over well pipe
mtripoli

I have purchased some choicedek to replace my wood deck boards. When removing the boards i found that the water well is under the deck. I was going to use hidden fasteners but now that the well is under the deck i would have to ruin some of the decking to remove it if my well pump go bad. Aside from using deck screws are there any ideas on how to install the 5 or 6 boards that will go directly over the well that would have to be removed if any thing happens to the well? Thanks for any suggestions.

ed21
Re: Deck over well pipe
ed21

Not if, when. I would just face screw the boards. A square drive head might be easier to remove years down the road. You might ask a plumber/well guy what he needs to get his equipment in to pull up the well. I'm assuming a deep submersible pump. Not many guys want to pull up a couple hundred feet by hand. ;)
I'd even consider modifying the framing slightly to make sure there is a clear opening to access the well. This way only a small portion of the deck could be removed if/when needed.

Jack
Re: Deck over well pipe
Jack

I would consider framing for a 4 X 4 foot trap door over the well head, that way no destruction will be needed.

Jack

dj1
Re: Deck over well pipe
dj1

I would do the same exact thing Jack recommended, this way you have a hidden access to your pump and the "door" will be easy to raise as one.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Deck over well pipe
Mastercarpentry

I'm with ed21. This is the best time to plan for and create the space you'll need for future well maintenance. You can use a 'blind' fastening system like "DeckMaster" for the floorboards. If acess underneath is easy, removing only those 5-6 boards won't be an issue. If there isn't space underneath you'll have pull all the decking over to that area to gain access, which still isn't that big of a deal but which requires a 90 degree driver to work in the limited space you have. If you're DIY'ing it like this then you'll have that driver and only the edge board may have to be face-screwed so it will look sweet and be handy for the well too.

Phil

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