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So you know your deck needs repairs. Either a board has come loose, you have spotted some rotting, or something else is going wrong. Consider repairing your deck with a hired contractor.
When you repair your deck on your own, you become personally responsible for the safety of that deck. This is true whether your kids are playing on it, or whether your friends enjoy the hot tub you have placed on it. When you repair it yourself, you are personally liable. In addition, if the deck came with a warranty, by repairing it yourself you could be voiding the warranty.
Using a hired contractor is almost always easier than doing it yourself. First, they know they are getting paid to repair a deck, so no matter how muddy and dirty it is underneath, they will do the work without complaining. Second, while they are repairing, they can check for other problems that you might not have noticed. Lastly, they are professionals and do this all the time, so they will know exactly what to do.