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Help with decking issue?

Melany
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Help with decking issue?

Hi Community, has anyone got any tips on how to build a trap door into the top of an existing deck? I need to access my external hot water cylinder from the top of the deck as access is limited underneath.. How do I even start? The cylinder was replaced by tenants while I was overseas & whoever the installer was, they decided it was a 'good idea' to cut a serious chunk of structural decking joist out in order to get the cylinder to fit. Oh my, why do people not think!!!? How do I fix this issue, without having to replace the cylinder? Can anyone help?

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Help with decking issue?

Hi @Melany,

 

Welcome to Workshop. You've come to the right place for a problem like this. I'm sure some of our experienced and knowledgable community members will be happy to make some suggestions. But it might help if you also posted some photos of your deck so everyone can see what you're working with. Let me know if you need a hand uploading them or getting the most from the site.

 

Jason

 

 

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MartyH
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Re: Help with decking issue?

I'm a little confused. How did they install the hot water system there if there's no access? 

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Help with decking issue?

I wonder if @darylhewston might be able to help with this one. He built an amazing automatic chicken coop door opener. A trap door on a deck should be no problem! 

 

Any thoughts Daryl?

 

Jason

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darylhewston
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Re: Help with decking issue?

@Melany @Jason

 

I few ideas come to mind but if Melany could send through or post a couple of pics, especially the structural members, i could draw up a solution.

 

Cheers

Daryl

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Help with decking issue?

Awesome, that's a very generous offer. Thanks @darylhewston. I'm sure Melany would appreciate your assistance. 

 

@Melany - please let me know if you need a hand uploading photos for Daryl. 

 

Jason

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