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This video will cover the basics you will need to build an 8ft x 10ft outdoor treated deck/patio. We begin with the layout,digging the holes,pouring concrete footers,2x8 framing,4x4support posts,joist hangers,lag screws,deck boards, stairs,railings,skirting and more. Thanks for watching,Craig Heffernan
I'm building a non-attached deck also so I love this video. How deep is the concrete at the bottom of the post holes? And you only use dirt to fill in around the posts? How long will those pressure treated posts last in dirt? Forever?? I'm only building the one deck and so I won't be buying a nail gun. Are the lag bolt holes pre-drilled first? What kind of power drill will I need to screw them in? What are the right kind of nails/bolts to use with pressure-treated lumber ... galvanized? Specialty ones? Thank you for a great DIY video.
Hello I was just wondering about the footings. So what I saw in the viedo is that the concrete is only to make the post level? you then only put the dirt back and stressed the importance of compacting that soil as it is replaced around the post.
QUESTION>> Do you ever fill the entire whole with concrete or do you only use the half of an 80lb bag under the post?
Nice looking deck, but I had some questions as you was building: Why slam the boards together & the other was why a level deck.. Scrolling down I see the same questions. No need to comment I've never seen this done in construction in my 24 years. Funniest part of the vid was when the not harming animals with holes dug and the smirk when you walked away lol.. HR made ya add that one :D
Let me clarify my comment on slamming the board together and being perfectly level... Where is the water going to run off to? Lastly how long does it take for your method of building take for the boards to create that 3/16 gap? I may have to research this method of wood choice and planning. Bravo to exact measurements tho, that one part where you and your team square cut one board on each side, and worked it down was pure precision with measurements & plumb. Take Care
These types of decks are built level, have you been building unlevel decks for 24 years? The decking in this video is 5/4 x 6 treated pine. The boards have moisture content when first purchased. When you install these decking boards you put them tight together. As the moisture in the boards dry out the boards will shrink leaving a nice 3/16" gap between them. If you space the boards you will end up having to large of a gap. If using any other material that is completely dried before you build, then you will need to space the boards. Thanks for watching and i hope this was helpful, Craig Heffernan
I really liked this video. Especially the square holes in the deck planks pulled over the posts and down. That was a neat detail. Also the way you make the rail planks ready with screws - just the way my brain thinks, I loved it. Great entertainment to watch while drinking coffee saturday morning. I just wondered one think: Just put the screws in from the top in the hand rail. I knows it's impregnated wood, but wouldn't that be a soft spot in the long run, since the rain/moisture can get down into the handrail planks? All best
Thanks for watching Pete, Yes i have seen that if the screws are set to deep or the customer neglects to seal the very top rail board they will start to deteriorate a little around the screw holes after 6 or 7 years.
Treated lumber in my area still isn't any good under ground. Decks look like trash after a few years. Can you do a demo video of a free standing deck with no lumber below or touching the ground and show how to keep it weather proof or the best materials to prevent weather damage? I have to do both entrances of my home with a small free standing deck or stoop that will not rot.
They make the 4x4 posts guaranteed to be put in the ground, they are rated ground contact. So build them again using everything i used in this video and i promise youll be good Chuck. After built, just maintain the decks with a sealer to prevent it from looking like trash.
Wouldnt you need spacing in between the decking planks to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood? If there is no space between, then wouldnt the decking boards warp? Thanks for any information!!
The decking in this video is 5/4 x 6 treated pine. The boards have moisture content when first purchased. When you install these decking boards you put them tight together. As the moisture in the boards dry out the boards will shrink leaving a nice 3/16" gap between them. If you space the boards you will end up having to large of a gap. If using any other material that is completely dried before you build, then you will need to space the boards. Thanks for watching and i hope this was helpful, Craig Heffernan
You said to make sure everything is level, but you didn't say what to do if it's not. What do you do? Do you have to fill the hole with more concrete, wait for it to dry, and try again? Or is there another way? Maybe you could cut a little off one of the posts.
Amazing video, covered everything very well. Only other thing Id like to know is would it be a lot more work adding a roof over the deck as well? I'm looking to build a deck for my mobile home similar to the one in your video but if like to have a roof over it.
Love this! Thank you for the video and the plans on your site!
I was wondering if I would be able to build this over a small concrete walk up that is about one foot two inches off the ground?
Thank you in advance for your time and response.
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