DIY How to build a deck.Decks for beginners:
Step 1. Map out the location you want to build your deck with stakes and string.
· Keep in mind the size of your decking material, so when you layout your deck you have exactly enough space to fit your deck with out having to rip a board down to accommodate.
Plus it just looks better.
Step 2. Make sure your area is square. You can do this by running a string diagonally.
On both sides. Both measurements need to be the same. You can’t always trust an existing structure
Because 6 times out of 10 whatever you are going off of isn’t square. The main reason you want
Your deck frame to be square is so that when you are cutting your joist they aren’t all different measurements.
Step 3. Make sure you have the area clear of rocks and stumps or any old post.
Step 4. When you have determined the height of your deck you can adjust your string to that
Step 5. Dig all of the holes for your post and railing. 4 x 4 post are okay but the outside perimeter I
Like to use 6 x 6 post.
You will space them out in a grid on 16c (16” apart) if you make the distance any longer your
Deck will feel like it is spongy and sagging.
Step 6. Run your outside 2 x 12’s and bolt them to the 6 x 6 post *use a level*
Step 7. Run 2 x 10’s for your inside runners. You will run these the opposite direction that you want your deck boards to run.
Step 8. Cut a bunch of 2 x 6 x 16 pieces to run between the 2 x 10’s. space them on 16c ( sixteen inch’s apart on center)
Once your frame is complete you can start the deck
Step 9. Start with a full length board. If you can buy material that will fit your deck even better.
In most cases the boards aren’t the correct length and we have to run another board. You do not
Want your joints to all line up together so you must stagger them. I always cut my boards before I start.
Step 10. Make sure your screws are just below the deck surface, so no one hurts their feet.
Step 11. Staining your deck. I suggest using whatever color stain that will complement your home.
This is for the beginning deck builders.
You have many options when it comes to your deck. Choosing the right material is a huge factor in the finished product.
I love the way smooth cedar looks. It is a softer wood so be careful. A lot of my customers are using the composite
Decking because not only does it look great, it will last forever.
It cost more, but over the period of say like 10 years that you live in your home it will actually save you money.
You can use treated lumber which means it was been dipped into a vat of arsenic. It is supposed to stand up to the elements a lot longer. I have found that if you go with treated you must fasten the boards down very fast or they will start to warp. I always use timber lock fasteners for my frame and regular deck screws for my decking.
If you have any questions please drop me a line.