The vertical deck board is for looks only. It makes everything look planned and polished. And there’s virtually no waste. If I need to build a 20-ft.-wide deck, I’ll make it about 19 ft. 6 in. and use all 10-ft. decking on both halves. That allows for 1-in. overhangs and cutting off some bad ends.
8. Fasten 2x6 deck joists between the rim joists using galvanized-metal joist hangers. 9. Install 4x4 posts in outer corners of deck. 10. Cut half-lap joint in each post to notch around deck frame. 11. Secure posts to a 2x8 sleeper with metal L-brackets; fasten posts to deck frame with 3-inch decking screws. 12. Determine the width of each stair tread.
To build a deck, first you’ll need to nail joist hangers in place on a ledger board and attach the board to your house. Then, you’ll have to cut the beam that will go opposite the ledger board to the same length, and attach corresponding joist hangers.
Building a deck is the ultimate backyard DIY project. This series of articles and videos shows you step-by-step instructions for each phase. First, create a plan.
Why build your own deck? For me, it came down to learning some new skills and saving lots of money! It is so extremely rewarding to stand on a deck that you have created with your own two hands. The bragging rights are unparalleled! And more importantly, you can save so much money! To pay someone to build a deck my size with typical materials would cost between $6,000 and $8,000! My deck came in under $900, since all I paid for was lumber, cement, and screws.
Deck Framing Building a Round or Curved Deck . Learn how to build a curved deck using standard wood-framing materials. Composite decking material is more flexible for curved decks than wood.