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Dale's Corner - DIY Deck

Dale's Corner - DIY Deck

Have you always dreamed of building your own deck? While building a deck is a fairly large and complicated construction project, it is possible to do-it-yourself. You will need several tools including (hammer, tape measure, level, cordless drill & saw) and a desire to invest a little sweat equity. Here are my tips and recomendations for those interested in building a deck onto their home.

  1. Check with City or County ordinances for set-back requirements.
  2. Based on your design, determine the size of footings and the size of joists to carry the weight so the deck doesn't settle.
  3. Install proper flashing where deck attaches to the house, to prevent the deck from rotting the wall.
  4. Use correct fastener spacing when attaching framing members and decking as per building code.
  5. Stairs if needed must be installed according to the building code for safety of the user.
  6. Hand rails & railings should be installed at proper locations & heights for safety.

Once your deck is complete, sit back and enjoy the rest of the summer!

 

-Dale

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