Deck repair on a budget

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There comes a time in the life of some decks where cleaning and refinishing the deck boards simply isn't enough. Splintering, cracking, missing fasteners and other structural problems have taken their toll, and nothing is going to solve the problems and refurbish the deck except complete replacement of those worn-out boards. Replacing deck boards is certainly not an insurmountable problem, but it does require a fair amount of work. However, done correctly the end result will be a deck that is virtually brand-new, and is less expensive and less work than replacing the entire deck structure. First, remove any deck furniture and other objects on the deck. If railings or other structures will interfere with removal of the boards, it may be necessary to remove them as well. For decks more than 30 inches above the ground, you will need to either leave the railings in place and work around them, or else install some sturdy, temporary railings for fall protection. Next, clean the d...