Rot Not Deck Protection System Installation
The installation of the four components of the ROT NOT DECK PROTECTION SYSTEM takes mere seconds, and requires no additional tool, other than those already on the site.
Designed to fit snuggly over all of the individual locations required. Simply follow the steps provided, and your deck will remain rot free for many years to follow. The best way of cutting the units (if required) is to use the cutoff saw on site, or a pair of vinyl cutters. Always be sure to use safety glasses When cutting with electrical tools.
The Ledger Cap is SNAPPED in place once the ledger board has been fastened to the house.Prior to tightening up the lag bots, place the Ledger Cap in place on the ledger board. Once in place, apply a generous amount of exterior caulking to the backside of the Ledger Cap. Once the caulking is in place, proceed to tighten the lag bolts to the desired tightness. When completed, the caulking will provide a continuous bead along with the Ledger Cap and the house. On a renovated deck, this may require a small pry bar to open the necessary spacing needed (.250) to allow the cap to fit.
Single Joist Cap
The Single Joist Cap covers the main joists and bridging of the decks structure, and takes seconds to install. Be sure to leave your bridging down from the joist 3/8″, to allow the single joist to pass freely. When installing the individual joist into their hanger locations, simply make a cut on a 45-degree angle (see photo) on the top of the joist. This will allow the Ledger Cap to pass clear of the joist. In many cases the top edge of the joist are already not square, and therefore provide the necessary clearance. In the even that your deck extends past the 8′ length of Joist Cap, the option is yours as to whether you cover the joints of the two Joist Caps with silicone, or just leave them butting up against each other. A good rule of thumb is that if the joint is going to be exposed, you seal it, and if the joint is covered by the planking, then just leave it. The Single or Double Joist Cap may also be required on the building of your deck stairs!
Double Joist Cap
The Double Joist Cap is used on the main beam structure, when the joists are supported by the beam being constructed as a compressive state rather than when it is used as a suspended sate (beam is separated by the post). The Double Joist Cap is also used at locations where the joist are joined to provide for wider decks. (The beam if used in the compressive state) need to be crowned and have the boards fastened so that if there is any cupping in the wood, they are fastened, so that the top of the inside edges, are touching. So, in simple terms, keep the crowns up and put them together like two C’s. In renovated decks it may be necessary to use a large C clamp, to draw them back together and re-nail or screw prior to installing the Double Joist Cap.
Post Protector Saddle
When the beam is sitting on top of the post this is considered to be a compression load, as opposed to hanging the beam separated by the post, which is deemed a suspension load.The stronger and better way to build the beam is using the compression load method.Once the height of the post has been determined, place the Post Protector Saddle on the post and install two screws on each side. Please note that the two extended ribs are to make up for industry tolerances. Place your screw below these ribs and tighten until the sides make contact with the post. In the event that the posts in question are larger, remove one if not both of the ribs by scoring with a utility knife and bending backwards. Once in place, install the beam in its desired location. Using 4″ decking screws, screw through the top flange of the Post Protector Saddle Cap on a 45-degree angle, through the beam itself, and into the top of the beam.