Quick Tip: DIY Deck Building

These simple tips on DIY deck building can help you achieve professional results with a project frequently undertaken by homeowners.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 12:19 PM

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Here are some basic things to remember when building a deck. Attach joist hangers sixteen inches apart on center to the side rails. Lay out all floor joists and side rails, then nail them all at once using galvanized nails. Overhang the first floorboard by half an inch. If you have an enclosed deck or a screen porch, you can use tongue-and-groove flooring. Always try to use pressure-treated lumber for your deck frame.

For more on decks, consider:

12 Sensational Deck Designs
Planning Guide: Wood Decks
How To: Build an On-Grade Deck