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Project by BillyJ posted 1704 days ago 1720 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of those rush jobs. The problem was – it was my house. I needed to get this finished for a graduation party for my youngest son. Needless to say, I decided to couple this job with building a shed. Oh well, better planning next time.

I conformed to all building codes, so I dug a 24” deep trench and placed 1/2” hardware cloth around to act as a barrier against unwanted animals.

The deck was 20’ x 22’ and made of pressure treated framing and 5/4 Veranda decking. Not knowing what I would eventually put on the deck, I used 2×8 joists on 12” spacing. Needless to say, I could drive a truck on it.

I was looking for different ideas on the pattern, and decided to come up with something that could hide my inaccuracies afterward. With a diamond shape, being off even a 1/4” on square will be noticed by anyone sitting on the deck. By placing the center dividers, it is more difficult to notice any mistakes. Plus – I think it looks nice. In order to save time, I built the deck over an existing patio (24”x24” patio blocks). All posts were cemented in to city code.

If I were to do this again, I would have placed a contrasting color center divider (black, darker gray, etc.).

Just for the record – I finished the morning of the graduation. That’s why putting off until tomorrow never works!

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.



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3fingerpat

86 posts in 2093 days

posted 1704 days ago

Holy smokes that is one big deck, well done!

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PaBull

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posted 1704 days ago

Great job, but you know what’s next, she will ask you what the cost will be for a roof roughly 20’x22’.

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Beginningwoodworker

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posted 1695 days ago

Great job.

-- CJIII

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BTKS

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posted 1660 days ago

Nice work, I like the center strip too. BTKS

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BillyJ

258 posts in 1709 days

posted 1659 days ago

Thanks, guys.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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FenceWorkshop

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posted 1601 days ago

Composite is great. It looks awesome.

-- http://www.profenceworks.com http://www.productionfenceworks.com

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a1Jim

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posted 1582 days ago

Came out great

-- a-1contractor.com

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