Decks: Plan, Design, Build

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With this book, even the novice builder can build a deck that fits the yard. Step-by-step instructions lead the reader from laying out footings to adding railings.
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Overview

With this book, even the novice builder can build a deck that fits the yard. Step-by-step instructions lead the reader from laying out footings to adding railings.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Beautiful decks can give a major face-lift to any tired-looking home and also increase its value. This book offers step-by-step instructions on how to design and build decks, both as DIY projects and when working with contractors. The true value of the book are the 60 photo sequences as well as over 600 other wonderfully detailed illustrations scattered throughout. One only wonders whether all this theory truly applies in practice for those who can't afford a contractor. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Do-it-yourselfers seeking a formidable challenge should consider building a deck. 'Decks' has the necessary step-by-step instruction, plus several hundred color photos and drawings."
The Sacramento Bee
July 7, 2001
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641818455
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Steve Cory resides in Chicago and has spent more than 20 years as a deck builder and remodeler. In addition to authoring Creative Homeowner's Deck Designs (ISBN: 1580110703, $16.95, 2000), he has been a contributing writer on several other books. Steve resides in Chicago, IL.
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Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide to Decks

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

PLANNING AND DESIGN
Gallery of Design Ideas...14

1. Designing Your Deck...18
    Beginning Your Design...20
    Choosing a Design...22
    Improving House and Yard...30
    Design Challenges...36
    Overlooked Deck Locations...39

2. Developing a Plan...40
    Making the Drawings...42
    Forgiving Designs...46
    Planning Reminders...48
    Basic Terms...50
    Plan to Avoid Waste...52
    Plan the Framing...54
    Decking Size and Pattern...58
    Planning Stairways...59
    Railings and Benches...59
    Final Drawings...60

Step-by-Step Projects
• Drawing an Elevation...44

3. Planning for Construction...62
    Planning the Job...64
    Who Will Do the Work?..66
    Organizing the Work Area...69
    Permits and Inspections...69
    Realistic Scheduling...73

Tools and Materials
Gallery of Materials...76

4. Deck Building Tools...80
    Tools for Building Decks...82
    Excavation and Concrete...83
    Measure and Layout...83
    Cutting and Sanding...86
    Fastening Tools...88
    Accessories...91

5. Materials For Decks...92
    Lumber...94
    Lumber Species...98
    Lumber Defects...101
    Synthetic Decking...103
    Concrete...103
    Fasteners...104
    Deck Hardware...106

Step-by-Step Construction
Gallery of Design Ideas...110

6. Building Techniques...114
    Measuring and Marking...116
    Cutting with a Circular Saw...118
    Nailing...126
    Drills and Screw Guns...128
    Decay-Resistant Design...128
    Laying Out and Cutting Curves...130

Step-by-Step Projects
• Cutting Rabbets and Dadoes...123
• Cutting Corner Curves...131

7. Footings and Foundations...132
    Distributing the Load...134
    Site Work...134
    Laying Out the Foundation...138
    Footings...141
    Digging Postholes...144
    Pouring Concrete...145

Step-by-Step Projects
• Removing Shrubs...135
• Removing Sod...136
• Preparing a Gravel Bed...137
• Laying Out Lines...138
• Mixing Concrete...145
• Building Piers...146

8. Framing Support Members...148
    Framing Basics...150
    Sizing and Spacing Frame Members...150
    Preparing the Ledger...154
    Attaching the Ledger...159
    Positioning the Posts...161
    Making and Installing Girders...167

Step-by-Step Projects
• Removing Siding...152
• Installing Ledgers on Wood...159
• Installing Ledgers on Stucco...160
• Placing Raised-Deck Posts...160
• Anchoring Posts...164
• Establishing Post Height...166
• Making and Setting a Built-Up Girder...167
• Packing Out Girders...169
• Making Spaced Girders...170

9. Deck Joists...174
    Modular Layouts...176
    Using Practical Tools...178
    Framing Hardware...178
    Special Cases...181
    Installing Joists...182
    Bracing...184
    Building Around Trees...188
    Bridging...189
    Framing for a Curved Section...192
    Decking Over a Slab...194
    Roof Decking...197

Step-by-Step Projects
• Setting the Inner Joist...179
• Setting the Outer Joist...180
• Setting Joists...183
• Trimming Joists...184
• Setting the Header Joist...187
• Installing Bridging...190
• Aligning Joists...191

10. Installing Decking...198
    Decking Options...200
    Estimating Materials...205
    Installing the Decking...206
    Fascia Boards and Skirting...213

Step-by-Step Projects
• Laying Out Decking Boards...202
• Deck Board Spacing...204
• Installing Decking...207
• Edge Trimming...208
• Breadboard Edging...211
• Installing Fascia...212
• Installing Skirting...215

11. Adding Stairs...216
    Design Options...218
    Installing a Platform...222
    Installing a Landing Pad...224
    Stairway Layouts...226
    Building the Stairs...229

Step-by-Step Projects
• Framing a Platform...220
• Setting a Platform...223
• Platform Post Details...224
• Stringer Layout...227
• Installing Solid Stringers...228
• Setting Carriages...230

12. Railings and Benches...234
    Railings: Basic Choices...236
    Railing Materials...236
    Railing Basics...238
    Railing Design Choices...238
    Railing Design Options...239
    Installing Railings and Balusters...242
    Benches...248

Step-by-Step Projects
• How to Make Posts...242
• How to Install Rails...244
• How to Install Balusters...246
• Installing Deck-Top Benches...250

13. Finish and Maintenance...252
    Sources of Deterioration...254
    Coatings...254
    Finishing Products...257
    Applying Finish Coatings...258

Step-by-Step Projects
• Renewing a Wood Deck...256
• Repairing Damaged Deck Edges...258

14. Deck Plans...260
    Low platform deck...262
    Raised railing deck...267
    Canopy-covered deck...271

Resource Guide...280

Glossary...282

Index...284

Photo Credits...287

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