Always check with local authorities about permits and regulations. Your homeowners association may have requirements about changes to the outside of your home, so make sure to clear your plans with them before proceeding. Always wear protective eyewear when working with power tools.
After measuring the dimensions of the yard, Adam helps center the placement of the deck using strings tied to wood stakes (Image 1). Continually measure and adjust the stakes until the strings form a square and level representation of the deck dimensions (Image 2).
After mixing a batch of concrete, shovel it into the holes and lop off the excess using a spare wood stake (Image 1). Before allowing the concrete to cure for 48 hours, embed a J-bolt into each caisson (Image 2). Eventually, this will help tie down the deck.
Start by forming the perimeter and a center beam. After cutting several boards to length, screw treated lumber and redwood together to form double-thick perimeter boards. Because the center beam remains hidden, only use pressure-treated lumber. Nail on steel bracket ties to give lateral support (Image 1) and make both boards flush using an electric planer (Image 2).
Keeping the more attractive redwood side out, fit the four perimeter boards onto anchor plates set on the caissons (Image 1). Later, these anchors help permanently tie the deck down. With the main boards in place, secure them together by nailing on corner brackets (Image 2).
Having attached all the joists, finish up the deck by installing the decking material. To begin installation, start by squaring up the first piece of composite to the deck and attaching it to the underlying joists with composite decking screws (Image 1). Continue screwing down the decking making sure to allow for a 1/4" gap between each plank. Attach several rows and stagger the cut seams for structural and aesthetic value (Image 2).