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Anyone here do decks ?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by neversatisfiedj, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Never done one - looking to get involved. Any resources ? I need to learn.
  2. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Well, I would suggest trying to help someone who knows what they are doing. If you have ever done framing on a house, particularly the floors, you should be ok though. Contact your city and/or county building dept., as there will be codes to follow. Try to do a few simple ones first, to get the feel for it.

    I have framed a few houses, but I still did a lot of research online. There are about 20 different ways to do everything, so finding a LOCAL code book will be very helpful. Not to scare you or anything, but this is real construction, with peoples lives potentially at stake. Do not take anything lightly. Make sure you use the appropriate fasteners for the job.

    I would go to a good lumber yard, or a big box store if you have to, they will usually design one for you for free. This will take some of the geusswork out of it, but they have disclaimers saying they are not liable for anything. There are lots of books and articles on deckbuilding, I would just research, research, research until you know it inside and out, and you get sick of reading the same things over and over.

    If you need to talk about anything specific, let me know, I'd love to be able to talk decks in here. I wish more people on here did them. Sorry this is so long, but I hope some of it helps.


    BNC SERVICES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I build decks, i would have to say the same thing as above. if you dont have any expieriance , read and research. there are lots of books out there. I was lucky to learn carpentry early in my life. around here there are alot of rules for building decks, especialy around pools and hot tubs, there are also 3 inspections from the city.

    If you run solo, be prepared to hire some temp help. framing and keeping level a deck 3 ft off the ground can be dificult alone. stick with regular treated lumber on your first few decks its the easeist to work with. also keep the first couple simple.

    id be happy to answer questions for you , just ask....bryan

    here are some pics i have of the last deck i did before it was finished..

    BNC SERVICES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    oops here are the pics

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    BNC SERVICES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    a cuople more...............bryan

    deck stokes 017.jpg

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  6. StealthDT

    StealthDT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    After this deck, I'm not doing any more. Of course i do my best work for myself!


  7. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    i have about 30 decks under my belt over the years and they are pretty easy to handle. I would say stick to the ones close to the ground at first and also stay away from moblie homes too. Good luck and we charge around 15 to 20 buck per sq. foot for P.T.

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