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#1 posted 07-27-2017 03:34 PM

Thanks all, for your input. For those who were asking, I live in NJ. I definitely hear what folks are saying re: pavers, but I’m going to lean towards the wooden deck approach on some stone pavers at the corners for support. I know my limits and I’m not up for the leveling the ground, renting a compactor etc approach. Additionally the somewhat elevated deck that makes it a real seating area seems nice. A few follow up questions, if I may:

1. What size boards should I use for the frame and joists? The deck area is 12’ x12’. 2×8? 2×6?
2. What are the guidelines on how often to add blocking?
3. Can I get screws that do not require pre-drilling and countersinking?I see spax alot at HD. Will that fit the bill?
4. From what I’ve seen, you should nail the frame/joists/joist hangers but screw down the decking board. Is that right?
5. Should I add a cloth under the deck to try to hold down weed growth?

Many thanks,


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