Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks: A Step-by-Step Manual for Building Decks

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The Complete Guide to Decks is the most comprehensive, useful manual for building and maintaining decks available to homeowners, containing detailed chapters on ideas, planning, repair and maintenance, and accessories.

Expanded to 320 pages, this edition now includes complete plans and directions for 10 complete decks, and also includes directions for additional deck accessories, including the installation of low-voltage lighting systems, built-in bench seats, an integrated ...

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Overview


The Complete Guide to Decks is the most comprehensive, useful manual for building and maintaining decks available to homeowners, containing detailed chapters on ideas, planning, repair and maintenance, and accessories.

Expanded to 320 pages, this edition now includes complete plans and directions for 10 complete decks, and also includes directions for additional deck accessories, including the installation of low-voltage lighting systems, built-in bench seats, an integrated overhead arbor, wood-sided privacy walls and decorative railings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589232006
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Black and Decker Complete Guide Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Deck Basics 6
Deck-building Glossary 8
Decking Patterns 10
Stairways 12
Railings 13
Lumber 14
Other Deck Materials 16
Hardware & Fasteners 18
Concrete 22
Tool Basics 25
Design & Planning 28
Planning Your Project 30
Working with Building Officials 32
Determining Lumber Size 34
Understanding Loads 36
Developing Your Deck Plan 38
Basic Deck Building Techniques 42
Building Decks: A Step-by-step Overview 44
Installing a Ledger 46
Locating Post Footings 54
Digging & Pouring Footings 60
Setting Posts 68
Installing a Beam 74
Hanging Joists 80
Laying Decking 87
Building Stairs 94
Installing a Deck Railing 100
Enclosing the Underside of a Deck 108
Finishing a New Deck 112
Maintaining a Deck 114
Repairing a Deck 116
Advanced Techniques 120
Advanced Deck Features 122
Advanced Construction Tips 128
Building Low-profile Decks 130
Constructing Multilevel Decks 134
Building Stairways with Landings 142
Building Decks on Steep Slopes 152
Working with Angles 158
Creating Curves 166
Framing for Insets 172
Building Railings 180
Deck Plans 197
Rectangular Deck 198
High Rectangular Deck 208
Inside Corner Deck 218
Island Deck 228
Wraparound Deck 238
Angled Deck 248
Low-profile Deck 258
Platform Deck 266
Multilevel Deck 270
Casual Curved Deck 282
Deck Accessories 290
Deck Bench 291
Integral Deck Bench 294
Box Planter 296
Railing Planter 298
Arbor 300
Deck Wiring 306
Index 314
Resources 318
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