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How to Build a Deck

A new deck can liven up a backyard.

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    $250 - $500

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Step 1: Measure the Location

Measure and lay out the location for the post anchors.

Step 2: Install the Post Anchors

Install post anchors using a masonry bit and masonry fasteners.

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Step 3: Attach a Ledger

Remove siding from the house for the ledger. Attach a double 2x10 ledger to the house using lag screws and treated lumber.

Step 4: Install the Posts

Set the posts in place and fasten them with lag bolts.

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Step 5: Install the Joists

Build exterior rim of the frame. Install treated 2x10 joists using joist hangers.

Step 6: Assemble the Stairs

Attach 2x12 stair stringers and 2x10 cedar stair treads. Install 1-1/4x6 cedar floor boards and cedar railing and balusters.

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