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Project by measureagain posted 01-09-2016 10:11 PM 1203 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I probably made a strategic mistake wanting to “do it all by myself”. The deck took all summer. 14’x28’. I wanted it to be as low maintenance as possible. MCA treated lumber for posts and joists. Azek PVC decking with Coretex screws and plugs. Aluminum railings. Hardware is all GoldCoat or triple zinc. Flashing membranes on joists and beam connections. Designed with SketchUp. The floor joists inside the house were not regularly spaced across the width of the deck, and the clothes dryer exhaust forced a split ledger. So getting joist hangers in the right spots required quite a bit of fettleing with SketchUp. I kicked everything up a notch in sizing, i.e. 4” posts were acceptable per building code, and I used 6”. Joists could have been 2×8, and I used 2×10, etc. The clipped corners took an enormous amount of time to frame, but were totally worth it. Same with the railings. A rectangular deck would have taken much less time, but I was only going to do this once in my lifetime, so I wanted something a little better than ordinary. The ledger is bolted to the house joists with 1/2” lag bolts. The ledger is bolted to the rim joist with Ledgerlock screws. There are a total of four lateral anchors at the corners of the split ledger, attached to the house joists with 1/2” galvanized threaded rod.The joist spacing is only 16” in one place, and the average is 13”. Lots of blocking, and hurricane ties attaching each joist to the beam.Planing the joists all level took forever, but I think it shows in the finished product. Even though the joists are MCA treated (which is supposed to be a lot less corrosive), I used G185 or better for all fasteners anyway. The tops of the joists have flashing on them to keep water from soaking in. Railing posts are bolted to joists and blocking with 5 1/2” galvanized lag bolts. The railings are 42” high, rather than the standard 36”. I fell off of each of my ladders once, but without any major damage. The Soviet judge only gave me a 2.0 on the dismounts. Very ungraceful.

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 01:00 AM

dude been their and done it many times.but ya know id do it again and a lifelong diy junky stupid stubborn and always ready to do a project I should get help on but don’t.hey all I can say is you killed it man pop a cold one or pop a cork on a vintage wine as I would and sellabrate victory.all I can say is you can work with me any go and enjoy that beautiful where the hell is the bbq and smoker man.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 04:47 AM

Excellent, built to last and worth it when you don’t have to fix something because you didn’t do enough to begin with. I like the design as well, looks much better than a traditional rectangle. Very impressive.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 01:04 PM

If you zoom in on the first picture, there is a grill hiding under a beige cover on the far side of the deck.

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