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Building a Deck

Setting the posts for the deck

I'm going to take you through the basic steps towards building a deck. The first picture you see to the left is where I've set one of the posts for the deck. The posts need to be placed into the ground (generally 2-4 inches below the frost line to keep them from freezing and moving around). Generally, the frost line in Columbus, Ohio/Central Ohio is just above 30 inches. I laid in 2-4 inches of loose gravel around the posts, set the posts in place, anchored the posts level and plum, and then poured Quikrete concrete which set up in about four hours.



Building a deck/Installing a ledger joist

24 hours after all of the posts were set and the concrete had completely dried and set up I began the framing process starting with the ledger joist. Basically a ledger joist is the same as the other band boards except that it is attached to the existing exterior wall of the house with large bolts called lag bolts. This particular exterior finish of the home was stucco and needed to be carefully pre-drilled to keep the stucco from being damaged by the large lag bolts. After all the height and width measurements of the ledger joist had been checked it was ready to be screwed into place. Attaching the deck to the house makes the deck much sturdier than any free floating structure.

Joist hangers

This deck went together with joist hangers (2x6 joist hangers in this case as I used 2x6 boards). It requires 8 nails per hanger. The trick is to make sure that the top of the outside band board is flush with joist hanger board before it is nailed in place. In most cases the deck floor joists are spaced at 16 inches on center. If you are planning on placing heavy objects on the deck such as a hot tub, use wider boards (2x8's or 2x10's) or double up the joists.



Joining to an existing deck

Here we have a span of over 8 feet from house (at top of photo) to the existing deck that we tied into. We have 2 posts and a couple 2x10's to support the weight of that part of the deck. Here we are showing the floor/deck joists running counterparallel to the support of the 2x10's.

Installing the deck boards

The first deck board needs to be the same distance from the house from one end to the other. Once this board is screwed in place the others went on really fast. We staggered the boards so that we didn't have two butt-joints side by side and each of the boards were placed directly next to each other with no gaps in between. As the treated lumber dries out over time it will shrink a bit causing a natural gap between each board. Where the ends of the boards come together, we made sure they hit over a joist and were predrilled to keep the ends from splitting when they were screwed into place. Once all of the deck boards were fastened into place we trimmed off all of the overhanging planks with a power saw. Leaving an even overhang of about 1 inch.



Finished product

Wow! The customers really loved the way the deck turned out. I must say, I also liked the way the step down to the original deck looked after it was all put together. The angle step was a good idea because it is both functional and gives the whole deck a little character and / or a design quality.

Another shot of the finished deck

Here's another view of the finished project. Eventually the new treated wood will fade to match the color of the older deck. Also, a suggestion I had to the homeowner was to add some skirting to the new section of the deck. Skirting boards are a simple install, provide a nice finished appearance and help keep unwanted animals from making a new home under the deck.


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