Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks by Editors of Cool Springs Press

By Editors of Cool Springs Press

Be encouraged by means of new layout and stick with the newest codes as you customized construct the deck of your dreams!

Architecture, construction codes, and layout aren't static; they alter consistently. that is why there is a re-creation of the bestselling Black & Decker: the full advisor to Decks, incorporating updates to nationwide construction codes, in addition to new advancements in development fabrics and layout. Calling recognition to composite deckboards and railings, in addition to different PVC items made up of recycled plastic, the hot fabrics platforms featured during this e-book are environmentally pleasant, effortless to paintings with, rot resistant, and extremely low maintenance.

Whether you choose for synthetic deck items or wooden, the luck of your undertaking is dependent upon a robust deck undercarriage. attaining this is not tricky, yet development the framework calls for that you've the newest info on construction codes. in recent times, those codes have replaced considerably, affecting every thing from publish diameter to allowable joist hangers to railing peak or even the scale of concrete footings. Black & Decker: the total consultant to Decks is the single DIY deck publication that is totally up to date to comply to the most recent codes.

Chapters lined within the ebook include:

Deck making plans & Design

Deck fabrics & Tools

Structural Support





Finishing & holding Your Deck

Custom Deck Projects

Gallery of Inspiring Decks

Black & Decker: the total consultant to Decks deals entire step by step pictures and instructions, so even owners with restricted DIY adventure are guaranteed of a deck that meets their wishes. So, do not wait any further; construct the deck of your goals and begin having fun with it!

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They may save you considerable time and effort. In this chapter: • • • • • • • • • Footings & Structural Lumber Wood Decking Nonwood Decking Fasteners & Hardware Metal Connecting Hardware Screws & Nails Flashing Footings Specialty Tools DECK MATERIALS & TOOLS 41 Footings & Structural Lumber G enerally, pressure-treated lumber is the preferred choice for deck posts, beams, and joist framing. It offers good resistance to decay and insect infestation, it’s widely available in most parts of the country and it’s a cheaper alternative to other rot-resistant wood species such as cedar or redwood.

Boards with flat grain tend to “cup,” and can trap standing water if not installed properly. Research studies indicate that flat grain boards cup toward the bark side (not away from it, as was previously thought in the industry), and they should be installed so the bark side faces down. DECK MATERIALS & TOOLS 43 Wood Decking W 44 ood continues to be the most popular choice among decking materials, due in large part to price. Pressure-treated decking remains the least expensive deck option, but other types of hardwoods and softwoods feature unique grain pattern and coloring that makes them consistently desirable.

An elevation shows the deck parts as viewed from the side or front. Decking suppliers and some home centers provide free software to design decks and calculate materials needs. You can also purchase software created specifically for deck design to get a 3D perspective on what your new deck will look like. 0 How to Create Design Drawings Use tracing paper to sketch different deck layouts. Then, test your ideas by overlaying the deck sketches onto a drawing of your building site. Make sure to consider sun patterns and the locations of existing landscape features when developing a deck plan.

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