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Daniel Humphrey

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returns 12/31/2018

I can answer all questions concerning design and construction of outdoor wooden decks and stairways, particularly those suitable for timberframe homes, and especially for colder climates where snow is a factor.

Experience in the area

I've been a timber framer for 20 years, working as a general contractor who designs and builds custom timberframe homes, working as much as possible with local materials, from foundation to finish. I've made massive decks for commercial lodges and small decks for houses in town. These decks have varied in style from round timber to Victorian ginger bread. I also have studied and tried out enough deck styles that I know which kinds are the most cost effective and easiest to make to meet code requirements. I also have expertise in designing, building, and setting up pre-fab remote camp facilities on terra firma or temperate glaciers for research and expeditions, using helicopters for support.


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David01/17/17101010Quick response, with clear and concise recommendations .....
Christina01/28/1310Thanks Daniel!
Mary01/24/12101010Not only was this a great answer .....
Andrew07/24/10101010Thank you very much. Will plan on .....
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Recent Answers from Daniel Humphrey

2017-01-14 Lumber question...:

I would use pressure-treated lumber and not add any other preservative. You can look for pieces of wood that are free from sapwood--the outer part of the tree that is the most susceptible to rot. If you

2013-01-27 joist question:

Christina,    I understand your concerns about having so many screws. You can still go with the 12" OC joists but set only one screw every two feet, alternating edges of the deck board. Since ipe wood

2012-01-19 conflicting design:

Dear Mary,    Once you select the actual rail pattern, you can probably find a style of lattice that doesn't conflict. I've noticed that lattice under a porch tends to be subordinate anyway. A couple of

2010-07-23 Steps to brick patio:

Dear Andrew,    Your plan would work to support the bricks, as long as you provided supports beneath the plywood no more than a foot apart. Marine plywood topped with thinset mortar and cement board should

2010-07-20 new deck:

Dear George,    The chemical treatment goes through, more or less, but the stain does not. Sanding will change the appearance and you will need to re-stain the boards.    It doesn't matter much whether


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