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markajohnston
Replacing tongue and grove porch decking

I have an old florida house (1925). It has a 2" pine tongue and grove decked porch. Some of the ends of the decking are rotted, split, and missing. I need to replace these boards. They are sporadically placed (8 boards over the course of 24 boards). What is the best way to cut out and replace these and still maintain continuity. I will be painting the porch after repair.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replacing tongue and grove porch decking

First make sure you can get the same size T&G. Take a circular saw and cut the bad boards down the center length wise then remove the two halves. Sometimes if the porch isn't to deep you can clean out the tongue and groves on the still installed flooring and drive the new pieces in from the end. It's best to leave the board long in case you damage the end and cut it off after installation. If you can't drive it in cut the bottom lip of the grove off of the new board, slip the tongue into the grove of the existing flooring and tap the board down into the slot but you'll need to top nail the new board in place.
Jack

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replacing tongue and grove porch decking

By the way when you split the board be sure to set the depth of your circular saw so it is only slightly more than the thickness of the board.

Jack

markajohnston
Re: Replacing tongue and grove porch decking

Jack,

Thanks for the response. What you said makes absolute sense. This is a great resource. Thank you.

Mark

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replacing tongue and grove porch decking

Your welcome, glad I could help. Let us know how you make out.
Jack

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