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Cedar deck creaking when very dry (hot weather)- can I water it now and then?

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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 06-22-2020 02:53 AM 906 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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06-22-2020 02:53 AM

Today after pressure washing my deck I realized that is not squeaking any more
I suspect it is due to the fact that it gets very dry in hot weather
This is a cedar deck 10’x10’
Should I water the wood from time ti time in such circumstances?


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 08-01-2020 06:54 AM

The water is more than likely swelling the wood, so it stops squeaking. The squeaking is likely more from the deck boards not being screwed, or nailed down tight enough against the stringers, not because the wood is dry. You could go out, and screw the boards down snugly, and your squeak will be gone for a while at least. If the cedar is cupping, or twisting while you want it to lie flat, it could loosen the screws enough to squeak again.

Stuff like this is how manufactured decking boards came to be so popular.

If you haven’t already you may want to entertain putting a sealer oil down on the Cedar, it’s possible it would behave better. Back when I did jobs like this, it seemed only the non treated decks had this particular problem. Oiled/sealed decks at least went a long time between them.

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JCamp

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#2 posted 08-01-2020 01:10 PM

Gotta agree with Steven, check to make sure that it’s all tightened down and even tho it’s cedar it really should have a finish of some sort on it to seal it.

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#3 posted 08-01-2020 04:54 PM

Sealing the wood should be a help, because it slows down the cycle of shrinking and swelling the wood, caused by absorption and evaporation of water. This cycle causes the screws or nails to loosen up. I just built 1,000 sf of deck in January, and used Seal-Once, which comes in clear and also different stains. Now the water beads off in the rain, limiting swelling, which is what you want to have happen. You’ll also need to tighten those screws regardless of whether you seal the wood or not.

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MiniMe

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#4 posted 08-09-2020 03:45 PM

I applied this
https://www.rona.ca/en/olympic-maximum-toner-stain-and-sealant-honey-378-l-56402c-01-63575198
It squeaks less now or almost not at all but it rained a lot lately here …..waiting for dryer weather

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#5 posted 08-10-2020 01:26 PM

I suggest using charred wood also known as Shou Sugi Ban. It Is known for its durability and fire-water resistance. Very durable material that almost doesn’t require any maintenance, you will need to apply oil every 10-15 years… I recommend these guys, they also have cedar option for decking https://degmeda.eu/services/charred-wood-decking/

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