HomeSkills: Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck

HomeSkills: Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1591865816

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Building Decks takes the fear out of adding the perfect outdoor element to your house.
There’s a reason that deck building is the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement undertaking today: not only are decks an attractive, customizable component of classic American construction, they also allow for entertainment and relaxation in a way that indoor spaces simply can’t. So if your house is already in top working order, and your lawn is looking mighty green this year, chances are there’s only one thing missing—a deck. Fortunately, with all the innovative new products and materials coming onto the market, decks are easier to self-design and build than ever before. As it turns out, you’re only one how-to book away from creating the deck of your dreams. In HomeSkills: Building Decks, the expert editors of Cool Springs Press join forces to cover every aspect of deck building, providing streamlined project descriptions with crystal-clear photos that leave no room for guesswork. You’ll learn how to plan and design, then select materials, dig postholes, hang joists, and install the decking itself. We even cover stairs, railings, overheads, and extra accessories like screens and arbors. With 300 illustrations and 10 supplementary diagrams, one thorough book prevents two things from collapsing: you and your shiny new deck. And that’s good for all of us.
Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, tiling, and wiring.

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undercarriage. Decking, railings, and steps are added to this platform to make it accessible and safe. There are proven techniques for installing each of these structural elements, and that’s what you’ll learn in this chapter. Once you get comfortable with these skills, you’ll be able to apply them to any deck project. The time it takes to build a deck depends on the size and complexity of the design as well as your building skills. If you’re comfortable using tools and start with thorough,

21 22 23 24 21 Position the stairway rail flush against the top edge of the posts. Drill 1⁄8" pilot holes, then attach the rail to the posts with 2½" deck screws. 22 Use a spacer block to ensure equal spacing between balusters. Beginning next to a plumb railing post, position each baluster tight against the spacer block, with the top of the baluster flush to the top of the rail. Attach each baluster with 2½" deck screws. 23 For the stairway, position the baluster against the stringer and

parquet patterns, 90 piers. See footings plans/design drawings approval checklist for, 18 creating, 17 developing, 16 post-and-beam decks, 14 post-beam caps, 7, 30 posts attaching anchors for, 59 beams and, 7, 9 building codes and, 8 notched, 9, 67 overview of, 58 setting, 60–63 spacing of, 15 PVC materials, 24–25 railings building codes and, 8, 10 building curved, 118–121 installing (overview), 39 installing wood, 110–117 overview of, 109 sizes for, 13 rim joists, 9, 11 self-sealing membrane,

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width of a deck board and the fasteners. The drawback of PVC vinyl decking is that it expands and contracts with freeze/thaw cycles. Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) decking will last a lifetime. Manufacturers claim that the material is three times as strong as wood and not affected by heat, sunlight, or severe weather. The decking is preordered to size, but if necessary, it can be cut using a circular saw with a diamond-tip or masonry blade. conventionally with screws, you may be able to use

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