All you need to be successful at DIY deck building are some basic carpentry tools and the desire to invest a little sweat equity. The deck shown here features a pressure treated floor frame that's supported by a ledger board and concrete piers, and topped with 5/4 inch decking. And because the deck is only a one step high, no railing was required. Now just follow Tom's tips and build your own
Article about construction of a simple deck railing. Deck Basics: Building Simple Deck Handrails With 2x4 Treated Lumber: In This Article: I have seen projects where the builder had to install a narrower piece of wood on top of a railing like this. Ask your local Building Department for a list of suitable materials that meet this "graspable" requirement. After all the carpentry was
Convert a deck railing into a handsome privacy screen and block nosy neighbors, unsightly views, wind and noise. It's easy to build and will fit most decks. And it'll make your deck a more comfortable, welcoming place. We'll show you how to do it. The deck location includes an unsightly view of the
Cut lengths of 2x4 railings to span the distance from the lower posts to the existing deck railing as shown in the image. Attach the railings to the posts with 3” deck screws, making sure the slope matches that of the stairs. Cut similar pieces that will serve as the lower railings and baluster supports. Install these railings between the posts, making sure they are parallel to the upper
How to Build Wood Deck Handrails By: Danny Lipford. To give a deck that perfect finishing touch, as well as to address safety concerns, it needs to have a handrail around it. Here Danny shows how to construct the railings and spindles from pressure treated wood. The top rail is made from a horizontal 2×4 while the bottom rail is secured vertically with a beveled cut to shed water. 2×2
Adding a bar top over your deck railing is a simple and affordable way to add extra seating and entertainment space. Just like an indoor breakfast bar, a bar top on the deck railing can be paired with a row of stools to allow guests a place to eat and hang out. A bar top can be installed right over the existing deck rail, so there’s no major construction or reconfiguration that needs to be
Adding on to a deck . Before you decide to add on to an existing deck you should talk to your local building department. This may not be allowed in your area for a number of reasons. You may want to bring a few pictures of the existing deck along to help explain your situation. The inspector will usually want to review the permit and inspection records for the existing deck and may call for an
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