Deck Building

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How to Build a Deck from Scraps

Don't forget to get building permits!

multi level deck with hot tub
How to Build a Multi-Level Deck

Multi-level up your deck game.

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How to Build a Deck: Step by Step

Build a deck yourself from start to finish.

Rebuilding An Existing Deck

A deck rebuild is easier than starting from scratch, but it still takes planning.

The afternoon sun shines on a back deck overlooking a slope.
How to Build a Deck

Before you can go about building your deck, you have to know how to choose the right materials in the right sizes.

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How to Install a Deck Ledger Board

It's a critical supportive element.

Upper deck with glass railing and a view
Glass Deck Railing Construction

Stack the deck on the odds you can handle this DIY build.

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Adding A Sun Deck To Your House

Build a comfy place to catch some rays.

A new deck in the process of being built.
How to Build a Deck on a Slope

Create stability to avoid a downhill slide.

How to Build Platform Deck Steps

To build deck steps, you need a lot of precision and patience. You can complete the job in 1 to 2 days,

Building a deck.
Plywood Decking: A Good Alternative?

Can I use plywood for my deck?

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Deck Footings vs. Piers

Deck footings provide the foundation for your deck.

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Deck Drainage Mistakes to Avoid

Planning ahead will pay huge dividends in the end.

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Deck Cost Considerations: Budget Planning

Create the outdoor space of your dreams--within budget.

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How to Replace Wood Porch Columns

The wood porch columns in your house are always exposed to the fury of the environment. These are continuously affected by rain, sunlight and snowfall and may rot out after some time. The columns occupy some space in the porch and support the roof. When you come to know that these columns are rotting

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How to Attach a Porch Post to Concrete

Porch post is generally constructed using wood. A concrete slab forms sturdy and durable flooring for a porch. Each support posts should possess an anchor plates, which include drilled bolt holes. Attaching the bolster posts to the structure of a solid concrete base is not really an easy task. It is

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Concrete Porch Construction: 4 Tips

In attempting a porch construction project, you should follow proven procedures to make sure your porch will be safe, sturdy and will last for years without deteriorating. Tip 1 – Level Your Surface before Pouring Concrete Level the soil before you begin pouring concrete, by removing or adding soil.

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Brick Porch Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

Are you ready to tackle a porch construction project? If you prefer the traditional look, if you want durability, if you want to compliment the look of your home, then consider using brick to build your porch. If this will be your first brick porch construction project, you should be aware of a few potential

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How to Build a Wooden Porch over a Cement Porch

Building a wooden porch over a cement porch is an interesting renovation project. Some homeowners decide to renovate their existing cement porches by installing a new type of porch over existing porch. Wood is a good covering as it gives a warmer look to the porch. You do not need to remove the cement

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How to Replace Tongue and Groove Porch Flooring

Replacing tongue and groove porch flooring is a fairly easy job though it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Removing the old flooring is the easier part through installing the new flooring needs to be done with more care and time. Installing tongue and groove flooring for a porch is much the

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How to Install Tongue and Groove Porch Flooring

The term tongue and groove porch flooring refer to the way in which certain types of lumber are milled for building porch flooring. The resulting product is a board with interlocking boundaries, thus insuring a firm shape and a very narrow gap between each plank that is put in the place. If done appropriately,

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Deck Building 4 - Determining Level and Length of Ledger

Margin of Error: 1/4" Most Common Mistakes Using badly bowed board. Choosing wrong height

A deck.
How to Install Deck Light Transformers

Deck lights need to be installed through a transformer.

composite decking
Composite Decking Material: Maintenance and Repair

A composite decking material is a modern option.

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Preparation for Deck Construction

A simple foundation can be completed by two people.

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How to Install Tongue and Groove Decking

Tongue and groove decking is an easier type to install.

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Deck Building 11 - Laying Out the Joists on the Ledger

Watch for these common mistakes when laying out deck joists.

ground-level deck
How to Build a Ground Level Deck

A ground-level deck is perfect for spending time outside.

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How to Make a Concrete Pool Deck

Concrete pool decks are generally used for in-ground pools.

A wooden deck with trees
How to Plan a Deck

Learn how to properly design your DIY deck.

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How to Solve an Uneven Surface Deck Installation

Uneven ground is a common problem in deck installation.

wooden deck and patio furniture
How to Design a Deck

Read this for helpful planning tips and considerations.

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Deck Building 9 - Digging Foundation Holes and Setting Pier Blocks

In this step, you'll learn the proper way to give your deck a good, solid foundation that will last.

How to Make a Diagonal Deck Pattern

Building a deck with a deck pattern is one way to give character to your outside living space.

How to Build a Glass Roof Over a Deck

Most outdoor areas and decks can be covered by a glass roof. By utilizing a glass roof, you can add decor, appeal, visibility, and openness to your space.

A worker nailing deck boards with a hammer and nails.
Build a Floating Deck in Six Steps

Sometimes it isn’t feasible to construct a permanent deck. However, if you still want the space, you can try a floating deck.

How to Build a Covered Deck Addition

Building a covered deck addition has become a popular way to improve both the aesthetic look and functionality of a home.

An elevated deck in the back yard of a brick home.
Freestanding Deck Building Instructions

Learn about the general construction process of a freestanding deck as a start to making your own.

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Deck Building 7 - Cutting Ends of Joists and Deck Boards

Margin of Error: 1/4“ Most Common Mistakes Joists not set at right angle from the wall.

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Build the Deck That Wont Hurt Your Wallet

Build a deck for entertaining, on a budget.

How to Repair Deck Footings

If you have a large deck area, then from time to time you may need to repair or replace the deck footings.

Making a Plumb Bob

There are times when objects need to be vertically straight, making a plumb bob the ideal tool to use.

How to Attach a Ledger Board to a Stucco Wall

When constructing a new deck, it is almost always necessary to attach a ledger board to the house.

How to Build Boxed Deck Steps

Decks are a relatively inexpensive way of extending houses and access to their entrance is usually made if you build deck steps.