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Project by schloemoe posted 05-19-2010 04:56 AM 2348 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

building a deck in my back yard started put 20’x25’ and grew into 23’x30’ I am not having fun !

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 05:02 AM

It can be hard work . If any of it is higher than 29” your suppose to have a permit. If you need help with questions give me a call . I build lots of decks.

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 05:16 AM

Interesting footers. I’ve never seen it done that way before. In TN we just concrete the posts in the ground. I thought maybe you did that because you were somewhere wet, but I see you’re in Oregon… :)

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 05:27 AM

The fun mostly comes after you are done with the deck! :)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 05:47 AM

Looking good but, you should cross post at HomeRefurbers. Remember, you can always edit this post and add a picture of the finished deck.


-- Jim

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#5 posted 05-19-2010 06:50 AM

let someone else finish it, and you can build sit there, and watch him or them build it. :)
it’s coming out nice thou

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 09:42 AM

I wish you would reconsider. Decks are my favorite job! Hey no heavy walls, no plumbing, I hate sheetrock and think of the cool stairs you can build now! Just make sure the cinder blocks are well seated in the ground & all wood is either treated (joists) or cedar. The Japanese have always built stairs as if they were fine furniture and I always take my time building them to be just like any fine wood working project. Sometimes it’s hard work but I try to think of carpentry as getting paid to workout.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 01:56 PM

If you’re looking for opinions the way your going in a years you will have lots of wave on your deck, those wood supports are going to move.
You may change your plan before it is too late??

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#8 posted 05-19-2010 01:58 PM

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 05-19-2010 01:58 PM

Nice decks. They are really fun to design and build. Don’t forget the wiring for the outlets at the far end and the gas line for the gas grill!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-19-2010 04:38 PM

I do 10 + decks a year and I have to agree with GMman in regards to your underpinnings. Also rule of thumb is overlapp of at least 2 joist for your decking material. Hope that does not bum you out! You can save yourself some time and a sore back by only putting 1 screw per board (exept ends) in each joist going along in an alternate pattern,top/bottom/top/bottom…....
It will be all worth it in the end.
Good luck
G Vavra

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#11 posted 05-19-2010 06:36 PM

The wood footers were only temp I went back and put concrete blocks next to them after I had it level. Being a one man show it was easier that way. All the floor joist are p.t. And the deck it’s self is cedar. I have the worst part done now all I need to do is build steps and Railing around the perimater . It really wasn’t so bad I was just whining.Thanks for all the good advise and suggestions Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#12 posted 05-19-2010 11:40 PM

Funny, you are putting one in, I am anxious to tear mine out. Too much maintenance on something that is in the WRONG place in the yard…

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 02:36 AM

I agree with the guys above, you will have trouble….....concrete block next to them….. won’t work. I hope you haven’t gone too far that you can’t correct this.
- JJ

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 04:06 AM

Looks good! How can ya not love building decks. I’ve done some monster ones before and never get tired of them!

That length looks to long though for being without a dropped girder. Also I would recommend piers being poured. The blocks will sink overtime. Also I would suggest doubling up the box a bit also. Keep the 16 OC though and it will save you a lot.

Over here in NEPA you don’t need an railing for decks lower than 30 inches give or take. They switched and updated the regs recently.

Message me if you got any questions. Good luck though bud!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#15 posted 08-04-2013 04:21 PM

Kimosawboy…we used the Camo deck jig for our deck and we have screws at each joist but they’re out of view. The jig puts the screws along the edge and presets them so you don’t go through the decking! AWESOME tool. Kreg has a similar jig so if you pick up the Camo jig, remember you can’t use the Kreg screws! Lesson learned early :)

This link tells you about the tool, screws and has videos about how they work…

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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