Decks for external use are subject to punishment from weather and general use. A wood deck should be inspected yearly for signs of wear, loose nails or screws, mold or decay. Knowing what to look for helps the do-it-yourself homeowner inspect and repair a wood deck.
Repair the deck. Use a screwdriver to tighten loose screws, or replace with new screws. Use a hammer to tighten loose nails. Remove and replace any rotted boards. Repair any loose or missing railings.