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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.
Tips on Choosing the Best Deck Materials
Although aluminum railings have become more and more popular in recent years, many people still prefer the look of a wooden railing for their outdoor deck. If you are planning to build a wood railing for your deck or have a contractor build a wood railing for you, here are some tips and suggestions to help you build a better, longer lasting railing.
Many deck builders will use 2x2 lumber pickets for constructing their wood railings. They look great when first installed, but unfortunately 2x2 pickets tend to warp and twist out of control over the years. Depending on the environmental conditions of the area you live in, 2x2 pickets can look terrible in as little as one season! One of the tricks to building a long lasting, good looking wood railing is to use 2x4 lumber for pickets.
Another great advantage to choosing 2x4 for pickets is the cost difference. Most of the home building centers offer pre-cut ballusters for deck railings at a higher price than the equivalent length of 2x4 lumber. You'll need to cut your own lengths from longer pieces, but it's well worth the cost savings and durability gains.
Furthermore, if you choose 2x4 lumber for pickets, you actually don't need to use any 4x4 posts to achieve the railing strength required by code in most places. Double check with your local building codes before proceeding this way.
Simply start with a 2x4 picket bolted to the deck frame in each spot where you would normally locate a 4x4 post (usually spaced at 6 feet maximum). These will replace the main 4x4 posts of the railing, so you should use through-bolts to secure these to the rim joist of the deck, and reinforce the rim joists against twisting. Make sure these starting pickets are perfectly plumb before proceeding.
Next, attach a horizontal rail along the top of the main pickets, and attach a top cap (the surface of the railing). All that remains is to fill in the spans between the main pickets with more 2x4's spaced evenly. The rest of the pickets can be screwed rather than bolted. The result is a much stronger railing that will last longer without warping and twisting.
Remember not to exceed the maximum allowed space between pickets, as per the local building codes (usually 4 inches maximum). Also remember to observe the minimum railing height required in the local building code. The railing height required will change depending how high off the ground your deck is.