Easy Deck Inspection and Deck Repair Tips

7 minutes, 7-point inspection and 7 easy repairs

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Socket adapter
  • Deep socket
  • Caulk gun
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Impact driver
  • Drill bit set
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Hammer drill
  • Pry bar
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife

You'll also need a small hydraulic jack and gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Lag screws, 1/2-in. x 3-in.
  • Joist hanger nails
  • Treated deck post, 4x4 or larger
  • Metal post base
  • Wedge anchor, 3/8-in. x 4-in.
  • Carriage bolts, 1/2-in.
  • Flashing
  • Acrylic caulk