Backyard Deck

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Project by BTKS posted 04-22-2010 05:00 AM 2660 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This is an older project, late summer and fall of 2005.
The deck is 68 feet long plus steps off both ends. The center of the deck area is 16 feet deep by 16 across. The next 8 feet in each direction tapers back toward the house at 45 degrees then continues the length of the house at 8 feet of depth.
The only reason the deck is this big is fire escape routes and anything smaller would look like spaghetti along this long of a run. The deck sits over a 1200sq foot concrete patio below. Another situation of, if I don’t do it as big as I want, I’ll regret it for years to come. I filled the space from wing wall to wing wall 20 feet out from the house.
All the material is common dimension treated lumber. I shaped all the rail posts, balusters and stringers. The decking is 2×6 treated. The rail posts are 4×4 chamfered on all edges and dadoed to accept the rail cap from both sides. This was to give a clean line and help prevent twisting of the rail cap.
A word of warning, treated lumber should be allowed to dry before use if at all possible. I had 16 foot deck boards shrink almost an inch in length, not width. That was frustrating, watching fitted butt joints open up and form an ugly gap.
All comments and critiques are welcome. I try to find the time to post the garage and front covered porches some other time. Thanks for looking, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 07:17 AM

What a place you’ve got there. The deck does look good and don’t worry. The gaps will never show from the neighbor’s house anyway. ;-)


-- Jim

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 09:09 AM

That is some deck! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 01:05 PM

wow man, nice deck! ive gotta add nice house there too.

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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George Barreras

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 01:06 PM

Great looking job and it goes perfect with the landscape.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 02:23 PM


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 02:39 PM

That is one heck of a view. Oh yeah nice deck too…...

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 03:32 PM

Nice looking deck and looks like the view is nice too. I can tell you spent a lot of time fitting the boards together precisely. I know about the treated wood thing. As a Builder, I battle with this all the time. I try to talk my homeowners into cedar but the cost is so much more most do not do it. I usually just screw it down and hope for the best.

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 03:59 PM

Massive deck. Great job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 05:30 PM

Nice job.

A lot of years ago I nailed down a bunch of treated tongue-and-groove porch flooring, straight from the store. Big front porch. After about six summer weeks the tongues were about a 1/8 inch from the grooves. Bummer.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 10:28 PM

Thanks all for the comments. Outputter, you are right, no neighbor will see them from their house. Only problem is, I see them from my kitchen door. One more thing on the to fix, do, or forget list. See ya all later, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 04-23-2010 07:18 AM

As Jeff Foxworthy would say, “You got a really big deck!” ;0)
Great work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 04-24-2010 10:29 AM

Nice neat job…well done.

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#13 posted 04-28-2010 02:36 AM

great looking deck… love the view you have from there… very nice…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Monty Queen

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#14 posted 11-08-2010 02:19 PM

Wow what a deck, your deck is way bigger then my deck. Makes me jealous.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 06-13-2012 03:56 PM

Very nice. I like the way your steps open up wider at the bottom.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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