Rebuild an Old Deck With New Decking and Railings

Give that old deck a new lease on life. Expert deck-builders show you how to make your old dilapidated deck look brand new with low-maintenance decking and railing materials.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Pry bar
  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer
  • Spade
  • Speed square
  • Table saw
  • Wrecking bar

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Pressure-treated joists (match the existing deck)
  • Pressure-treated 6x6
  • Pressure-treated 2x8 (for landing)
  • Pressure-treated 2x6 (for landing) and 2x4
  • Low maintenance decking and hidden fasteners
  • Spindles and Uniball connectors
  • Cedar 4x4 posts
  • Cedar 2x12, 2x6, 2x4, 1x8
  • Grippable handrail
  • 2 1/2 and 3-in. deck screws
  • 3/8-in. hot-dipped galvanized bolts, washers, nuts
  • Gravel
  • Shims