DK Daniels

06:15AM | 09/19/03
Member Since: 03/02/03
15 lifetime posts
I've got a 12x20 deck with four support posts I'm getting ready to mount. I have a couple questions I hope I can get answered. First what type of a slope should be used. One to two inches from level? Then comes the problem of dropping it on my 6x6's. I have three tempory 4x4 under it. Do I mount my four 6x6 and then kick out my 4x4's to let it drop or do I need to put some sort of jack under it to lower it slowly? And help is appreciated since this is the first time buiding a deck.



02:55PM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
I like to slope a deck 1/8" to the foot. Some guys go as much as 1/4" to the foot and others don't slope it at all. The slope makes it easier for surface tension to lead the water away from the house though.
So if your deck end is 12' out from the house, a slope of 12/8" or 1-1/2" is about right, IMO

Fit the posts tight on the concrete bases and hardware fasteners and then you can weild a sledge to remove the temporaries, or cut them free with a sawsall.

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