The Complete Guide to 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. An all-new idea section gives dozens of new ideas for deck design and accessorizing. The book has also been updated to feature information on the latest developments in chemically treated lumber, and the use of synthetic and composite decking materials that are growing in popularity. Finally, the construction methods have been revised to reflect the latest building code requirements for deck building.

Author Biography: The editors of Creative Publishing international have created more than 30 of the industry's best-selling classics on home repair, home improvement, and landscaping. All books are exhaustively researched, written, photographed, and edited by veteran staff members with years of experience in their areas of authority.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865734272
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Black and Decker Outdoor Home Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Designing a Great Deck 6
Deck Basics 21
Parts of a Deck 22
Decking Patterns 24
Stairways 26
Railings 27
Lumber 28
Hardware & Fasteners 30
Concrete 32
Tool Basics 35
Design & Planning 37
Planning Your Project 38
Working with Building Officials 40
Determining Lumber Size 42
Understanding Loads 44
Developing Your Deck Plan 46
Creating Site Drawings 48
Drawing Design Plans 50
Basic Deck Building Techniques 54
Building Decks: A Step-by-step Overview 56
Installing a Ledger 58
Locating Post Footings 64
Digging & Pouring Footings 70
Setting Posts 74
Installing a Beam 80
Hanging Joists 86
Laying Decking 93
Decking Materials: Alternatives to Wood 96
Building Stairs 102
Installing a Deck Railing 108
Finishing the Underside of a Deck 116
Finishing a New Deck 120
Maintaining a Deck 122
Repairing a Deck 124
Advanced Techniques 129
Advanced Deck Features 130
Advanced Construction Tips 136
Building Low-profile Decks 138
Constructing Multilevel Decks 142
Building Stairways with Landings 150
Building Decks on Steep Slopes 160
Working with Angles 166
Creating Curves 174
Framing for Insets 180
Building Railings 188
Deck Plans 203
High Rectangular Deck 204
Rectangular Deck 214
Inside Corner Deck 224
Island Deck 234
Wraparound Deck 244
Angled Deck 254
Low-profile Deck 264
Platform Deck 272
Deck Furnishings 276
Deck Bench 277
Box Planter 280
Railing Planter 282
Arbor 284
Modifying a Deck Design 290
Conversion Chart 296
Resources 297
Glossary 298
Index 299
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