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Design and Build a Deck

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Create a comfortable place to entertain or simply relax. This series of videos and step-by-step instructions breaks building a wood or composite deck into manageable parts. We'll show you how to create deck designs and how to build a deck from post footers to deck stairs. We'll also give you ideas to furnish and decorate your deck and make it the outdoor space of your dreams.

Deck Designs: Wood Deck and Composite Deck.

Each of the articles includes a step-by-step video. The articles guide you through basic deck building techniques. Let your imagination be your guide to take you to the best deck for your home.

Building a deck requires knowledge of a number of terms and techniques which are also useful in many other DIY projects. Before you begin, brush up on your knowledge:

What Do Level and Plumb Mean? What Does On-Center Mean?
How Do I Use a Tape Measure? How Do I Use a Chalk Line?
How Do I Drill A Pilot Hole?

Why Is a 2 x 4 Not 2 by 4?

You also need to find out about permits, building codes, inspections and any other requirements that might apply to your project. Check with your homeowners association and local building department to see what you need to know. And, before beginning any excavation, call 811 to check for underground utilities.

How to Build a Deck: Design and Layout

Building a deck is the ultimate backyard DIY project. This series of articles and videos shows you step-by-step instructions for each phase. First, create a plan.

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How to Build a Deck: Post Holes and Framing

A safe, long-lasting deck needs proper footings and solid framing. Here's what you need to know.

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How to Build a Deck: Wood Decking and Railings

Now that the frame for your deck is complete, you can install the decking. This part of the deck project shows you how to install wood decking and railings.

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How to Build a Deck: Wood Stairs and Stair Railings

The final part of the deck build is the stairs. Building stairs takes some math and a little know-how. Follow these steps for a safe set of wood deck stairs.

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How to Build a Deck: Composite Decking and Railings

Composite deck materials add sophistication and durability to any deck. Here's how to install composite decking and railings.

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How to Build a Deck: Composite Stairs and Stair Railings

With the composite decking and the deck railings installed, complete the look by building composite stairs.

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Upgrade Your Deck and Add Finishing Touches

In this final video of our how to build a deck series we'll show you how to add accessories and give your deck a custom look with a lot of personality.

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