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Building A Deck

Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips.

  1. Under-Deck Roof

    Convert the space under a second-story deck into a dry, spacious patio by installing this simple, under-the-deck roof and gutter system.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Build a Deck That'll Last as Long as Your House

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    There's building a deck – and then there's building a deck that will last for as long as your house does. See how we did it and the materials and designs we used.

  2. How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio

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    Is your old concrete patio an eyesore? You can avoid the cost and mess of tearing it out by just screwing down wood sleepers and decking over it.

  3. How to Install Joist Hangers

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    If you install them properly, joist hangers will keep your decks and floors strong as wood dries, twists, shrinks and ages. We'll show you a four-step method for installing joist hangers that will ensure that your floor or deck stays flat and strong. So the next time you hold a square dance or weight-lifting contest on your deck, you'll rest easier knowing you used joist hangers and installed them the right way.

  4. Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method

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    With proper flashing, a wood deck will last many years; without it, the deck and the ledger it's attached to will quickly rot. Detailed photos in this article show the difference.

  5. Tips for How to Build a Deck

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    A veteran pro tells you his favorite deck building tips that speed up the job, increase deck durability and improve quality. The result is a better deck, less hassle and fewer problems.

  6. 7 Deck Building Tips

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    Make your deck building go faster with these seven clever tips from the pros. It’s tricks like these that allow professional to build a deck quickly and accurately.

  7. How to Build a Solid, Frost-Proof Deck Footing

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    Dig and pour your deck footings so they extend below the frost line. That way, they won't move, or heave, as the ground freezes and thaws during seasonal changes. This article explains how to build solid footings that will stay put year-round.

  8. Making Deck Posts

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    Learn the simple deck-building skills of making square cuts, cutting notches and shaping deck posts to make your deck stronger and more attractive.

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