HomeSkills: Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck

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As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Building Decks takes the fear out of adding the perfect outdoor element to your house.
 
There’s a reason that deck building is the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement undertaking today: not only are decks an attractive, customizable component of classic American construction, they also allow for entertainment and relaxation in a way that indoor spaces simply can’t. ...
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Overview


As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Building Decks takes the fear out of adding the perfect outdoor element to your house.
 
There’s a reason that deck building is the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement undertaking today: not only are decks an attractive, customizable component of classic American construction, they also allow for entertainment and relaxation in a way that indoor spaces simply can’t. So if your house is already in top working order, and your lawn is looking mighty green this year, chances are there’s only one thing missing—a deck. Fortunately, with all the innovative new products and materials coming onto the market, decks are easier to self-design and build than ever before. As it turns out, you’re only one how-to book away from creating the deck of your dreams. In HomeSkills: Building Decks, the expert editors of Cool Springs Press join forces to cover every aspect of deck building, providing streamlined project descriptions with crystal-clear photos that leave no room for guesswork. You’ll learn how to plan and design, then select materials, dig postholes, hang joists, and install the decking itself. We even cover stairs, railings, overheads, and extra accessories like screens and arbors. With 300 illustrations and 10 supplementary diagrams, one thorough book prevents two things from collapsing: you and your shiny new deck. And that’s good for all of us.
 
Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, tiling, and wiring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591865810
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 424,931
  • Product dimensions: 10.84 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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The editors and publishers at Cool Springs Press have combined their decades of experience to create more than 30 best-selling classics on gardening, landscaping, home repair, and remodeling. With the added expertise of the United States' most knowledgeable Do It Yourself writers and photographers, our state and local gardening books are tailored to specific regional environments across the country, while our renowned series of foolproof home improvement books have long been trusted on both the bookshelf and the job site. View our full catalog at CoolSpringsPress.com or connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/CoolSpringsPress), Twitter (@CoolSpringsDIY), or Pinterest (pinterest.com/CoolSpringsDIY).

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Table of Contents


Introduction 
 
Deck Basics
Deck Building Codes
Determining Lumber Size   
Understanding Loads          
Developing Your Deck Plan
Working with Building Inspectors 
 
Deck Materials
Footings & Structural Lumber        
Wood Decking          
Non-Wood Decking  
Fasteners      
Metal Connectors     
Screws & Nails          
Flashing         
Footings         
 
Deck Construction
A Step-by-Step Overview 
for Deck Building        
Ledgers         
Post Footings
Footings         
Posts  
Beams
Joists  
Angles
Curves           
Insets 
 
Finishing Decks
Decking Patterns      
Decking         
Stairs 
Railings          
Curved Railings        
Deck Skirting
 
Resources
Deck Building Glossary        
Metric Conversions  
Index 
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