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10 Tips For Designing A Great Deck

This is an introduction to deck design. Start here to get some fresh ideas before designing your dream deck this year.

Deck Railing Ideas

Get some great ideas for deck railings. Make your deck unique.

Composite Decking Material Review

Low Maintenance Decking materials including aluminum, vinyl, and composite products are the latest rage in the deck industry...

Using A Pressure Washer To Clean A Deck

Read Patrick R. Occhino’s techniques of using a pressure washer. Only someone that does this every day can tell you the proper way and when to use a deck pressure washer.

Deck Railing Codes

Learn about the building codes that regulate deck guard rails. How high do rails need to be? What are the rail infill requirements.

Deck Railing Height

All decks greater than 30" above grade must have a guardrail.

Deck Joist Sizing and Spacing

Step by step instructions and tips on how to frame a deck. Learn how to install treated wood joists and beams to build a strong deck.

How To Build A Deck - Stairs & Steps

Learn how to build deck stairs using 2x12 stringers. Watch our step by step DIY video. Review the code requirements for deck stair construction.

How To Build A Deck - Attaching the Ledger Board

Learn how to properly install a waterproof deck ledger board using flashing and fasteners. Check out our step by step video and detail drawings.

Stair Stringer Attachment

Step by step instructions for installing 2x12 stair stringers to your deck frame.

Deck Joist Cantilever Rules and Limits

Learn what factors determine the maximum joist cantilever overhang that is allowed for a deck.

Deck Skirting and Fascia

Deck skirting can be an attractive feature that can be added to any low level deck.

Ledger Board Attachment to a Solid Concrete Foundation Wall

Step by step instructions on how to install a deck ledger board to a concrete house foundation wall using expansion anchors.

Deck Footing Frost Depth Map

Find out how deep you need to dig your deck footings in your area. Look at our U.S. map of extreme frost penetration.

Deck Rail Post Attachment

Step by step instructions for installing deck rail posts to your deck frame.

Deck Stair Stringers Spacing

How far should you space your 2x12 deck stair stringers? It depends what type of material you plan on using for the stair treads.

Deck Stair Railings

Step by step instructions for how to install deck stair railings. Learn about the code requirements and construction tips with images.

How To Build A Deck - Framing

Learn where to start framing your deck. Watch our step by step video that explains how to set your beams on your posts and install the rim joists.

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