Attached Wood Deck Removal GuideYou will need several tools and at least one set of helping hands to tear up your wood deck. Gather your tools and safety gear, including: heavy boots, heavy leather gloves, eye protection, a dust mask, claw hammer, band sledgehammer, socket wrench and sockets, power drill-driver, pry bar, circular saw, and shovel.
…if you have extensive [deck] damage, with numerous rotting joists or bad beams, soft deck boards or rotting ledger boards, you may have no choice but to rip the whole thing out and rebuild. —Old House Web.comAfter you’ve put on your safety gear, you can begin to disassemble the deck, starting with the handrails, if applicable:
- Unfasten the top of the rail using a power drill driver or a pry bar. Once the handrails have been removed you can use any sledgehammer to knock down the balusters, those vertical studs attached to the base running perpendicular across the top of the planks. You might be able to jostle these loose by hand or with a hammer.
- Remove the base from the deck planks, unfastening the screws or prying the nails holding it in-place.
- After the base of the railing system has been taken-up, pry the floor planks off the frame, one by one.
- Separate the joists from the rim by prying them apart from one another.
- Unfasten the ledger board from the exterior of your home by loosening the bolts with a socket wrench.
- Disassemble the rest of the frame, or cut it apart using a circular saw, leaving only the support posts protruding from the ground.