How To Build a Deck In A Weekend

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Published: 08th April 2015
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Few things can make a homeowner feel all warm and fuzzy inside like sitting out on their decks. Just ask anyone who has a deck and they'll be quick to tell you that it's one of their finest enjoyments as a homeowner.

But for many homeowners who want a deck of their own, the cost to have one build is a major turnoff. Paying a Contractor to build a deck can cost several thousand dollars for a basic deck and up into the 5 figures for a multi-level deck or one that is of an unusual shape. This is about the time most homeowners forget about having a deck.

A few think about learning how to build a deck themselves, but can be intimidated with all the information that is currently out there. The truth of the matter is, there are many, many ways to build a deck safety, but there are an unlimited number of ways to do it wrong and unsafe.

Fortunately, anyone with basic carpentry skills can build a deck. As an added bonus, a deck can be built with simple tools that most homeowners already have on hand. The process is pretty straight forward. I'll walk you through it so you can see how easy it can be.

First off, decide where you want the deck and how large you want it. Write down the measurements then take those and go online and find a website that offers free deck plans. Just type that search word into any search engine and you should find plenty. Next, you'll need to type in your measurements. Once that is done, the program will generally cough up a building plan for your deck and a materials list of the supplies you'll need.

Next, take this materials list to the lumber yard and have them figure up how much this deck is going to cost you. You'll be surprised at how much money you'll be saving over paying someone else to do it for you.

Once you have the plans and the materials in place, grab a few friends and get started laying out the post for the foundation. The spacing will be on your plans. I always suggest digging down at least 4 feet and digging the hole to around 12 inches in diameter. The bottom of the holes should be flared out to help distribute weight.

One word of caution here. You get one chance at this. Double check your measurements and locations of the posts. Then double check again and once you have the posts and frame of the porch up, double check again. You can never check your measurements enough!

Now with posts in place, you're going to place the front and back rim joists. These need to be the same height and they should be level. Again, double check to make sure they are level. Your foundation measurements are the most important. If you get off here or get your frame out of square, it will come back to bite you.

Once you have the front and rear rim joists into place, you're then going to nail the end joists on the sides of the rim joists. Once you have these level and square, place your other joists. Once you have them all nice and square and level, you've just completed the hardest and most time consuming part!

The deck is as simple as laying down the boards and securing them. The handrails will come next and those are easy as well. Finally, you'll want to place your steps. I suggest to buy pre-made stringers for your steps. It will make your work much easier.

And that's just about the gist of it. It really is this simple to build a deck and once you done it, you'll always wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

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