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How To Build A Deck - Attaching the Ledger Board

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


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Ledger Board Attachment to a Solid Concrete Foundation Wall

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

Flashing the Ledger Board

You should flash your ledger before you install your decking. Over time the house frame behind the deck will rot if it gets wet.

Ledger Board Fasteners

Compare lag bolts, carriage bolts and structural screws as deck ledger board fasteners. Take a look at our ledger board fastener spacing chart.

Laying Out the Deck Ledger Board

Learn how to plan ahead to avoid problems when installing your deck ledger board to the house wall.

Lateral Load Connector Device

Learn about your options for providing lateral load support for your deck. We explain recent code changes affecting deck building.

Types of Deck Flashing

Compare stainless steel, copper and vinyl flashing materials for waterproofing your deck ledger board.


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Ledger Board Attachment to Brick Siding

Do you have brick siding? You should never attach to just the brick. This is very dangerous.

Installing A Ledger Board Around A Corner

Follow our tips to properly install a deck ledger board around the corner of a house to keep water out.

Framing A Deck Around A Bay

Learn a technique for framing around a cantilevered house bay to properly support your deck.

Checking the Houses Framing Condition

Make sure your house frame is solid and in good condition before installing a deck ledger board. We list some problem areas to look for before building.

Installing a deck ledger board around vents, pipes, and spigots

How do you install a deck ledger board around vents, pipes and spigots? We offer 2 solutions that can solve your problem.

Can I attach my deck to a hollow block concrete foundation?

Our inspector discusses how to attach a deck to a hollow concrete block foundation wall.


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My existing deck's ledger board doesn't have flashing? What should I do?

Our inspector discusses what you should do if you deck ledger board isn't properly flashed.

Removing Stucco Siding For The Ledger Board

Learn how to cut through stucco siding to prepare a house wall to install a deck ledger board.

Attaching a deck ledger board to engineered floor joists

Explore your options for building a deck onto a house with engineered floor joists.

Removing the Siding For The Ledger Board

Learn how to cut and remove aluminum, vinyl, wood and cement board siding for installing a deck ledger board to a house wall.

Deck Ledger Spacers

Learn how to install deck ledger board spacers to allow air to flow behind your ledger board to prevent rot.