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I didn't mean to be so short in my last post. I was taking a break from mucking out my road ditches. (one of my all time favorite things to do)

The problem with old decking is the boards tend to rot first on the underside where they come in contact with the framing and the penetrations from the fasteners just speeds up the process. So if the top side is showing rot there is a real good chance that it's a whole lot worse underneath.

Untreated decking has a shelf life no matter what you do to the top and eventually it has to be replaced. I think your brother is trying to run up a rope here and all his hard work is just going to disappoint him.

Scott

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