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Deck Construction 101: Understanding the Basics on Building a Deck

There are many houses nowadays that uses decks as an extension of the living areas of the home and part of the garden landscaping. This is a flat surface which is capable of supporting weight and is usually elevated from the ground like a floor. After the 1960s, due to over logging, the use of softwoods has declined and shifted to hardwoods when it was softwoods that are being used for deck construction back in the days. It looks better for spaces like cooking, dining and seating and is more durable. You will learn how to build your own deck, using the easiest ways in this article. These methods have been passed down from generations of wood workers. If you are tempted to do it yourself, it is feasible especially if you know the basics of deck construction. Your carpentry skills may not be superb or you may be unsure, but if you know all the basics then it is not going to be a problem.

According to Inverness Deck Construction, before even contemplating a deck, it is best to determine first with your local building authorities if there are any restrictions and or if building permits are required. To build it close to your property lines, some will require you to reach this certain height, dimensions of railings, structural supports, and dimensions of stairways, by some community requirements. You have to remember that if you have carefully considered all the possibilities up front and your options, you can expect that things will go smoother.

You will have to procure all the tools and materials you will need for your project after a careful planning and considering all your options. You can buy them or borrow them, if you don’t own them yet.
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The typical tools you will need.
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1.Circular Saw

2.Table Saw

3.Power Miter Saw


5.Carpenter’s Level


7.Caulk gun

8.Carpenter’s Square


10.Drill and bits


The typical materials you will need.


2.Metal flashing


4.Post Caps

5.Post bases

6.Cinder blocks

7.Pre-mixed concrete mix

8.Joist hangers and nails

9.Metal rebar

10.Seismic ties

11.Cardboard tube concrete forms

12.Deck screws or HDG nails

13.HDG bolts and washers

Including 6 x 6 or 4 x 4 posts, 2 x 10 or 2 x 12s for beams and joists, 2 x 4s as structural members, and 1x for decking boards, are what you will also need, these different lumber dimensions.

Prepare the Site. Stakes and strings are used to outline the shape of the deck. Mark out all the location of posts.

Installation of Ledger, Footings and Posts. The ledgers are anchored to the house while the holes are dug and posts are embedded into the concrete.

Installation of Support Beams and Joists. And joists are attached to the ledger board and the other end to the support beams.

Lay the Decking. Decking boards are often attached by 1 x 4 or 1 x 6 lumbers.