Arts and Crafts: New Deck, Part 1.

Got rid of the old deck. Putting up the new deck.

I had hired a guy to do this for me, but we had creative differences and we had to seek opportunities in different directions. I knew it was going to go badly when he failed to measure and lay out where the post holes would go before he started digging them.

Step 1. Remove old deck. See here.

Step 2. Order materials from LOWES. got it all delivered on site. It took several trips because with the COVID everyone is “working from home” and decided to add decks, so a nation-wide shortage of pressure treated lumber ensues.

Step 3. Dig the holes for the footings.

Step 4. Measure and lay out where the footings go.

Step 5. Fill the holes back up with concrete and rocks. And set anchor bolts into the wet concrete.

Step 6. Layout and install ledger board. I attached the steel hangers while this was on the ground. Much easier than working on a ladder. I attached some scrap 2×4’s to help hold up the heavy sections and properly align them. Several layers of various types of flashing. First peel and stick, then house wrap, then ledger board, then second layer of peel and stick over the top of the ledger board, and a metal drip-lip under the ledger to keep water from traveling back under the overhang.

Step 7. Put up the 6×6 posts and main support structure. I hired a young relative to help with this part. I could have done it myself, but a second set of hands was welcome and he needed Christmas money.

Step 8. Then add the 2×8 joists. The ledger board side is anchored in metal hangers. The cantilever side rests by gravity, and reinforced by hurricane ties. Then added wood sections between the joists to keep them from “rolling”.

Step 9. Add the outer rim joist or “band board”. Again, I used scrap 2x4s to hold and align the boards since I’m working alone again.

Step 10. Loosely pile a bunch of planks on the deck so I have a work surface. I’ll nail these down later.

Step 11. Install the 4×4 handrail posts. I do this before the deck planks because the planks need to fit around these posts. This step requires 8 individual trips to LOWES to get all the correct sized and quantities of screws, bolts, washers, and drill bits. Don’t skimp on this step by planning ahead and getting it all in one trip.

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8 Responses to Arts and Crafts: New Deck, Part 1.

  1. blueinfantry says:

    Solo projects… you learn to get creative. 🙂 You have done a good job, a lot of work on different projects. It’s enjoyable to follow along…


    • No One says:

      Glad you like it. I was not intending to do the deck now. I thought i had hired that job out. But when it fell through, i needed to do it myself. I will need the deck to install the doors on that side of the house.

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  2. blueinfantry says:

    I started the kitchen remodel before my wife died (3 1/2 years ago) then finally finished it by myself this spring. She could help by holding things straight, or the end of a tape measure, and so on. So many home improvement projects that she was able to help with. You figure it out and drive on. Keep at it, you’ll get there. Keep sharing. Rock on.


  3. Ame says:

    impressive. i love porches. are you planning to screen in any part of it, or are the buggies mild up there?


  4. Heresolong says:

    Amazing. If I had half your motivation…


    • No One says:

      It’s the COVID. I couldnt do this without a whole lot of time off


      • Heresolong says:

        Good point. Now that I think about it I got a lot of stuff done in the spring when I was prohibited from going to my physical work building. Now that it is optional I go every day (it’s how I stay motivated) and I get little done around the house. Thankfully I got paid both ways.


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