DIY Deck: An Easy Guide to Building Your Own Backyard Deck

DIY Deck: An Easy Guide to Building Your Own Backyard Deck

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A backyard deck is great for any home, and perhaps you’ve always dreamed of enjoying a nice summer night with friends and family while relaxing on a deck.  Even if you aren’t the most hand home owner, you can surely handle making your own backyard deck, thus facilitating your want for a place to relax and enjoy your backyard.

With the right supplies and tools, this project can easily be completed in one weekend. If you’re ready to finally get the deck you’ve been dreaming of, read ahead for some tips on how to bring the whole project together.

Lumber

A good deck begins with good lumber. If you don’t have any around your home, it’s time for a trip to the lumberyard. It’s important to buy pressure-treated wood for this project to ensure it doesn’t split or warp later on, so be willing to spend a few more dollars if necessary to get good quality wood. 4 x 4 wood is best for the posts, while 2 x 8 wood should be used for the railings and 2 x 6 boards used for the flooring.

Tools

Any job is made easier with the right tools. A circular saw is best for cutting the wood, since it’s easy to use and handle. A drill will also be needed, as will a hammer, wrench, handsaw and tape measure. Safety glasses are also recommended to make sure no pieces of wood or other debris get in your eyes while cutting or drilling. A post-hole digger can make digging holes for the post much easier. You can use either a manual digger or an automatic, depending upon how much time and effort you wish to put into the holes.

Preparing the Area

It’s a good idea to clean up the yard a bit before installing the deck, especially in the area where the deck will be. Cut the grass, move any rocks out of the way, and inspect the perimeter so that you know how much room you have to work with.

Another thing to consider when securing the area is pests. The last thing you want to do is build a deck just to have it be a nice home for unwelcome critters, so make sure you inspect for any bugs, rodents, or nests. When you’re measuring out how far the deck will go, you want to make sure it will still allow easy access to the house without obstructing walkways or making your path into the home inconvenient.

Putting it All Together

After the holes are dug, sink your posts using a quick-setting concrete mix. These mixes can be purchased at any home improvement store, and when mixed with water can be set up in as little as 10 minutes. Just be sure you’ve got your posts positioned the way you wish before you pour the concrete.

Drill 2 1/2-inch holes into the tops of the posts, then slide 1/2-inch x 7-inch bolts through the holes and secure them with a nut. Secure the decking boards to the joists below with decking screws, and then paint all exposed wood surfaces and the sides of the deck with wood sealer. This is available in clear or other colors such as redwood or gray, depending upon your preference.

If you’ve always dreamed of walking out your back door and enjoying a cool summer night on a backyard deck, you don’t need to hire a professional to see this dream come true. With the right tools and a few helping hands, you can easily build a beautiful deck that any home owner would be proud of.

The key to building a quality deck is to be prepared with the right tools and supplies, and to be precise. Don’t cut corners or cheat yourself by buying low quality tools or supplies. If you truly want a quality deck that you can enjoy for many years to come, invest in the best materials and put in the time necessary for a project like this. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting in a nice big chair, enjoying some lemonade and basking in the glow of your DIY deck. 

AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women’s interests, and the home niches. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. When securing the area before building your deck, the professionals of euipest.com suggest you spray the area for pests so that you don’t have problems with rats, mice, or wasps when you finally get the deck installed.

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