Build a Deck That You Would Want

Build a Do it yourself Deck that you would want

Rockler 

In an undisclosed location somewhere in United States, a deck needed to be made. From the beginning there was nothing but a patch of grasslands that had bugs and moles and creatures running around everywhere. The home owner or property owner decided to have a deck built. Not just some ordinary deck, but a professional looking and quality type of deck. With a standard lumbar based 2X4 the trench and hole in the ground needed to be dug out. Besides using the tiller and hand shoveling, a mysterious mechanical device was also used to remove patches of dirt that easily could have weighed tons. Depending on the depth of the hole, a precise measurement of the true depths into the Earth had to be correctly measured and accurately. The weather was warm, the breeze was balmy that cloudy day. A perfect day for more projects to be done outside and breathe the fresh air away from the city. With the correct planning, the foundation was crafted to be leveled and monitored for any erosion or uneven surfaces. One of the best ways before deciding to build a deck is to make sure that your foundation is secured and leveled first.

 

Now that the ground has been fully redeveloped for accuracy, the same 2x4 beams were arrayed in correct fashion and all even to perpendicular to each other with the exact same measurement distance apart. Using a rope to help level and straighten any inconsistencies if any anomalies to occur came in extremely handy. Even though the deck foundation was measured to the exact specs of 35 x 45 ft, it still need an extra 2 feet or so of extra space. Notice how the rope was also measured for extra room. In this case it is measure as many times as needed and then cut once. Or install once. Measure twice cut once, but with added cushion of protection, measure as many times as you want and install once. Each beam weighed a good 25 pounds or so, but the fresh lumber is all too thrilling for the savant do it yourself-er and deck lumber construction project guy. Anyone can do this and so should you! So there were 6 foundation beams laid on the dirt all about 3 feet apart from each other. For this side angle view, all had to be exactly perfect or near as perfect to each other as then each one were to rest on cylinder concrete blocks roughly 6 inches above the actual ground of dirt and bugs and other creepeth crawly things.

 

With the foundation now secured and basically set in motion, the next step was to proceed with the rivet installation of smaller wooden boards. With the design and placement angles, just think of a criss cross waffle iron or those crispy French fries that you normally buy at fast food places. Criss cut fries is the design and the pattern that was used. Each board still fresh and brand new smelled like it came from the lumber yard which it did! Again with the rope technique so that none stuck out too far or too in, it helped keep the right measurement and distance in check. Placing the rope was easy to do! All you had to do is place a temporary stake at one end of the deck project and loop it around to where your desired destination end point would be. As you can see from the picture, the rope had to touch each board so that it can keep its original and intended shape of the deck to be built.

 

 Now on the other side the same thing had to be done as well. The whole area was measured accurately for the deck to be built and this was the foruth day of the project. The weather was still nice outside and the birds and the bees flew around screaming at each other that day. There were also a few airplanes that flew overhead. Probably with many people inside those things too. So on this other side of the deck, the same criss cross criss cut French fries design matched the exact same side. Hoist beams, nails and brackets were used of course. So with this in mind, at each foundation beam, all the secondary level of wood (the criss cross section) all were set in brackets and nailed in. For more sturdier measures, an electronic drill and screws were used for certain parts. You can also use screws for the entire project too. It all depends on ones choosing. The real good ones from ancient techniques never used screws or nails at all, that is some ancient lost technology that only very few people know about. Some of those designs have outlasted the test of time and thousands of years they are still around in other places of the world, but for this example this deck had to be made.

 

 

Now its time to start laying down the boards. A simple technique is to lay down sub-flooring thin boarding first for measurement specs and readjustments if necessary. Almost like adding a cushion layer. Its an added extra precaution for the actual boards that will be placed over it. Just consider it more of a reinforcement since you never know when some evil creature or a hole in the ground opens up, so it would have to penetrate the first layer first if someone happens to poke a hole through the final boards out of carelessness or just out of random bizarre instances. The point of the deck is to make sure it is sturdy, secured and looks good for the ones who will be using it. Imagine BBQ-ing on this thing – it must be really really cool!

 

With more creative designs to implement, we decided to make an octagon pattern not to symbolize the octagon fighting ring, but the Octagon shape in itself! Just like balance with nature, setting up the eight-tri grams sided Octagon pattern was a fun thing to do. With extra boards laying around and a buzz saw for the measurements to cut and install it was a breeze. If you notice the sub-flooring, a sub-flooring was also placed before laying the final Octagon shape pieces. Doing so is a wise thing to do to add that extra layer of protection and security.

 

Here we came back to the area where the first ropes were set farther away from the deck to give that “extra space”. By doing so we were able to measure the correct desired distance from the deck itself. Now with the added extra room, the ground can be tilled and cut specifically and into the shape to match the deck. Its turning out to be a real fun project! If you noticed the deck is now in the phase of weather proofing using the liquid weather proof compound liquids. Highly suggest to not drink of taste the weather proofing oil stain. Its only meant to be brushed on wood just like for this project, so its not a good idea to inhale or even taste the substance. With the weather proofing being slapped on there, the wooden boards soaks all of it up so that when it rains, It will not cause any dry rot and keep your deck shiny and preserved from the elements! 

 

As it was getting late, a few more boards need to be placed and its not starting to take form. A life of its own was now forming and the deck was near its completion. Roughly about its 8th day.

 

With the edge of the deck, the lower lip, more for a stepping layer, with that installed and placed, its time to weatherproof that too.All boards were correctly measured and installed so that the deck has a lower layer for ones to step onto. Instead of just jumping onto the deck a lower level was placed so that in a way you would use it as a short staircase while stepping onto the deck for people who have shorter strides in climbing or walking on things.

 

Even the Octagon pattern was weatherproofed to perfection! Most people can use weatherproofing by a paint roller for that even look or if you really wanted to, you can use a deck paintbrush to weatherproof your wood that way. It is up to you how you want to do it. There are even some cases where people just take the entire weather proof container and dump and splash the entire contents onto the surface without any brushes! They can even use a cloth towel to spread the weather proof liquid. To each their own!

 

With now nearing the full completion of the final deck and the weather proofing to fully dry, its glossy exterior rivals that to any deck builder! There was a big difference though.

 

What that big difference is that this deck was built basically for pennies on the dollar and only expenses were just the materials only. Once you understand how easy it is that anyone can build their deck project if they put their mind to it. From amateur to professional, if you have the time to do things yourself and enjoy your work, you can do it too! All this was completed in about 12 days. Of course there would be more extra additions added to it like a BBQ grill or table set on top of the deck, but the finished project was quite satisfying! Bookmark and freely share our blog content, especially if you found this to be helpful in any way. You can even roll fold your pant leg like a pro too.THANKS

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