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Your question is a bit confusing. Stringers are the boards that run under the steps. Are you talking about moving them so that they are on a different side of the deck? If so they may not be able to be used due to slight differences in height, as some may be too short.
Or are you talking about re-structuring the joists (which are attached perpendicular to the ledger board) because you want the new decking to run perpendicular to the house rather than parallel? If so, I would leave the existing joists in place and hang short sections of 2 x 6 perpendicular to and in between the existing joists on galvanized joist hangers at least 16” on center - if you are using composite decking check to see if the manufacturer recommends a shorter span.
All material should be pressure treated. Anything that is going to be in contact with the ground should be rated for ground contact. I have found that Home Depot products are not the best so if you can get the material from a builder supply company instead you’ll probably get better material (less prone to warping and likely to last longer).
I take the extra step in most cases especially ground contact to coat the wood with Wolman CopperCoat and to use that on cut ends. It’s pricey but I would rather take the step than to have to re-do the job in a few years. Today’s pressure treated lumber is not as durable as the old stuff since they stopped using CCA.
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