Deck, second story

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Project by OzarkCarver posted 03-15-2011 05:53 AM 8610 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a second story deck that I built a couple of years ago with the help of my two boys that is before they went back to college. It is 12’ X 16’ with two landings going down to the stairs. It is on concrete footing about two feet down and all of the hardware is galvanized steel. I used Strong Tie reinforcements throughout. I also made all of the post caps out of scraps I had left. My wife and I designed it, I sketched it out on graph paper, and ended up with this. If my boys learned anything from this, it was to make sure every thing is square and level before moving onto the next step. The entire process is shown on my Webshots gallery.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 02:11 PM

Very nice job, enjoy the deck for many many years.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 04:24 PM

What did you use to finish it with?

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 06:25 PM

Nice Job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 06:34 PM

Welcome to LJ. That is a good looking treatment you did for the post caps.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 09:31 PM

Beautiful deck. I’m planning on building a pool deck this summer. I think I just found my inspiration.

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 04:32 AM

Great eye appeal every where you look on this deck, congratulation on a job very well done.

-- Tony, South west Missouri

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 06:37 AM

Thanks for the comments folks. Horsch, I used Cabot cedar stain that I got at Lowe’s. I brushed it on the top areas and used a Wagner power sprayer on the underside. It was great with all the joists, stairs, etc. By the way, we are selling our house and the deck, of course, will come with it. I hate to see it go, but new things await at the new place.

-- Jim, Missouri

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