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Deck plans, deck designs, and deck building tutorials.
Deck plans, deck designs, and deck building tutorials.

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10 Steps to Setting Deck Support Posts

Your deck will not pass inspection with inadequate footings. Make sure you dig and set them properly by following these 10 steps.
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Transfer your deck plan to the deck construction area in full size, either by painting the outline of the deck on the ground, or driving stakes into the ground and tying string between them to mark the outline of the deck. Your footing positions and spacing must be accurate.
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You will want to set up your tools and deck building materials in a way that ensures a safe and efficient job site. Here are some helpful tips to help make sure you can work safely and get your new deck built as quickly as possible.
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Once you download your deck plan, including the material list, you will want to check over the list and familiarize yourself with what's included so you can verify everything is there when your order arrives from the lumber yard.
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Here's a great guide to all the tools you'll need to build that dream deck. The tool guide includes the bare minimum as well as suggested upgrades to make the job easier for the DIY deck builder.
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This first page in the new Deck Building guide discussed lumber, and other hardware, lumber dimensions, and what to look for when inspecting your deck building materials.
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Check out our new Deck Building Guide. This How to Build a Deck section is being completely rewritten with great new detailed content. We'll link to the new pages from here as they become available.
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Custom Deck Plans! You can now have your own custom deck plan designed by one of our expert deck designers, designed to your exact specifications.

We have more than 220 deck plans on our site now, but if you cannot find the deck design you're looking for, then contact us and we will design a deck plan for you that meets your exact specifications.

We can supply you with a deck plan, material list, and even a full set of 3D drawings that will help you visualize exactly how the deck plan will look in your space.
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We've just added a new section in the right column of the site where you can see the latest deck plans added to the catalog. The list of the newest deck plans can be found on the Home page, as well as any catalog or deck plan page.
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Happy first day of summer! Enjoy the beautiful weather!
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