This build was not a rational one what so ever! As most of you know I was/am up to my head in projects already; so why build a deck? There really is a simple answer. I love my wife and I want peace in my house!:). Theresa really wanted a deck, and it was not going to wait. So, if I was going to build it, I was at least going to build it the with a Nate twist!:) I hate doing things twice and if you know me at all, I think outside most boxes of normalcy.
The first step was getting things squared and leveled. I used pier blocks just in case we have to move the deck to add on to the house, but that is the only place where I went “lite” on the build.
The next step was to get all the lumber. Thank God for tax returns right:?. Lumber is getting so expensive! Especially in California were there is a lumber tax! I really want to invest in a sawmill! One thing at a time!
I used 4×12s for the main beams with twelve feet spacing between each run. The joists are 2×12s set on 12 inch centers with joist hangers. The hangers are screwed in with joist screws, NOT NAILS. First, I HATE nails! Don’t get me wrong, there are some really good applications where nails are good for but for the most part I am a screw guy. They hold so much better, are longer lasting, are reusable, replaceable and, if and when we ever do have to move the deck, it will be so much easier!
One thing I can definitely say is I am a huge advocate of using two drills. Having to change drill bits back and forth is a production stopper!
Once all the joists were in, I went to the outside edge. Yes the two main beams had twists, which made life difficult. I was able to correct it with much cutting! The outside blocks were added so that I could run an adjacent border around the deck.
I overlapped the joints to add rigidity.
I used joist hangers on the short joists as well as ledger bolts because I really wanted the edge to be strong. It is a constant point of stress and load.
If you notice from the previous picture, some of the ledger bolts were to long to drive on the inside locations. I have to thank MilesCraft for this really handy 90 degree driver. It saved me and allowed me to get into a lot of tight spots!
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-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate