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How To Build A Deck

Deck Construction - Building a Deck - How to Build a Deck

Have you ever wanted to belike Bob Villa minus the moustache? Building and constructing amenities foryour home can be a very tedious but rewarding experience. Like any majorproject, building a deck requires you follow a basic rule called the Five P's:Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

The key element in buildinga deck is the plan, which can serve as a guide throughout construction if it'sbeen properly sized and drawn for existing codes and lumber tolerance.Planninga deck doesn't require an architect or a drafting professional. A hand-drawnsketch will be sufficient for purchasing materials, getting a permit andguiding construction.

But there are many issuesinvolved with building a deck, problems can arise and a first-time deck buildershould probably get professional help with the design since there's nosubstitute for a good plan. And the more inexperienced the builder, the betterthe plan should be.

In some ways deck buildingis a rather complex do-it-yourself project, but, since decks do not have to beleak proof or perfectly built, it is well within the scope of most novicebuilders. But don't give in to frustration. The building process moves quicklyand will give you a pleasing living area for a small price.

Be sure you understand what you are doingbefore you proceed. The key things to remember in deck building are to be sureyou have used all the proper materials and construction techniques, to fend offthe decaying properties of water, and to be sure everything is level, plumb,and properly built.

For deck construction, these include:

Always use the appropriate tool for the job. Keep blades and bits sharp. A dull tool requires excessive forceand can slip. Safety goggles and glasses should be worn when using power tools,especially if you wear contacts. Always unplug your power tools when making adjustments or changingattachments. Be sure your tools are properly grounded. Watch power cord placement so it does not interfere with theoperation of the tool. Wear ear protection when operating power tools, because someoperate at a high noise level which can damage hearing. Be careful that loose hair and clothing do not get caught in powertools. Be careful when carrying long boards at the site. Be careful to avoid back strain when lifting or digging. Wear heavy-soled, sturdy work boots. Bend from the knees when lifting large and heavy objects.