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In my previous article, "planning for a new deck," I outlined the steps for planning for a new deck. This article takes the process one step further. We'll look at how to get started actually building your deck. By this time, I will assume that you have your building permit in hand, a good set of plans, and a materials list. If you don't have a material list, simply take your plan to your nearest home center or building supply store and have them create one for you. Most lumber yards can actually arrange for delivery of all your materials at one time including all the nails and
screws are you will need. This can be quite handy on large projects or if you don't own a truck or a trailer. The lumber yard will bring all the parts and pieces you will need to build your new deck.
The first place to start, is to set some posts for your deck to rest on. Were I live in
the Northeast, we have to deal with the frost and free cycle of winter. When I
received my building permit, the code officer made sure to point out that all posts
must be secured in country at least 36 inches below the surface of the ground. This
will ensure that when the ground freezes the posts of the deck will not heave. Check
with your local zoning office to find out what your specifications are for setting
Renting a post hole digger makes setting the posts much easier, especially if you
live in an area with a lot of playing or a lot of stone in your soil. I was able to dig a
half a dozen holes in less than an hour. Digging the same number of holes my hand
would've taken me at least half a day so the few dollars I spent on the post hole
digger rental was well worth it.
Next, a port some stoning concrete makes into the holes and set the posts. My plan
called for 4x4 posts. Your plans may be different. After the posts were in and let the
concrete cure according to the directions on the package. I then nailed 2 x 2 joists
to the side of the House and around the perimeter of the deck. I used metal choice
hangers to hang all the internal joists. You can also tell nailed them but metal
choice hangers are stronger and easier to use than trying to toenail large lumber.
There are lots of different types of taking you can use on top of your deck. I choose
simple pressure treated lumber. To attach the deck boards to the joists you can use
either nails or screws. If you use nails, make sure you use special spiral nails. These
help prevent nails from popping. Deck screws are preferable as they are stronger
but they are much more expensive than nails when laying out the decking, it is
easier to let the deck boards run long and trim them down later once the entire deck
surface is finished. When all the deck boards or laid, simply take a circular saw, and
cut all the ends off the deck.
For a finished look, attach a skirt board to the exposed edges of the decking and
over the rim joists. The last thing to do, if needed, would be to add railing, and or
steps. However, these basics should get you started.
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Building a wood deck around an above-ground pool not only enhances the enjoyment of the pool, it improves the looks, as well. It provides a place to sit and take in the sun between dips and helps keep the pool cleaner. But exactly how does one go about building a deck around a pool? This article will give you some pointers.
There are two aspects that make building a deck around an above ground pool tricky. The first challenge is that you're building a square deck around a circular shaped object. Lumber comes only in straight and rectangular shapes. You can't go out and buy a curved board.
The second challenge is that you're building a deck unattached to any structure. Most decks are bolted to an existing structure, like a house. This requires the inclusion of extra bracing to keep the deck from toppling over.
When it comes to designing a deck around a round pool, you have a couple of choices. One is build a square deck with a round hole in the middle to accommodate the pool. This design is easier to build as the framing members are all going the same direction. The deck boards, running perpendicular to the framing, are also going the same direction.
The other design option is to build your deck in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. This design is more aesthetically pleasing as it "follows" the shape of the pool more closely. This type of design is more complicated to build, so if you lack experience, it will take longer to build than the more traditional square deck.
One cool idea is to build a deck around your pool and also attach it to your house. This way your swimmers can go directly to the pool without going through the yard picking up loose grass and dirt with their wet feet.
The first step for either design is to assemble the pool where you want it located. Make sure you have the necessary room between the pool and any obstacles to build the deck. If you're attaching the deck to your home, make sure the deck is no higher than the top of the pool.
Build a square deck just like you would a normal square deck. When a support beam or floor joist is terminated by the pool, just hold the member back an inch or two and provide some kind of support for it.
Run the deck boards like you would on a normal deck, but trim them back an inch or two from the pool side wall. Don't leave a gap larger than 2" as this can become a hazard for little feet.
To build an octagonal or hexagonal deck, you're going to divide the area around the pool into either six (for hexagonal shaped decks) or eight (octagonal shaped decks) sections of equal size. You will run support beams out away from the pool perpendicular to the pool side.
Then fill in each area with short joists running away from the pool. Lastly, attach the deck boards across the joists and "parallel" to the pool side.
Don't forget to add railing if the deck is 30" or higher than the ground. And steps to the yard can also be convenient.