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10 Things to Know Before Building a Deck

Planning for a new deck? Be sure to keep these expert tips in mind.

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A Level Ledger

For decks attached to a home, you must have the ledger set properly. This is the large beam, usually a 2x8, 2x10, or 2x12, attached to the structure of the home, and to which the deck substructure is attached. This, along with the footings, is a key component of a solid, safe and level deck. As with the footings, check with local building codes.

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