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Building a Deck

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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Joists flush with beam on deck
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Square the Support Frame

Once the ledger is set, you'll need to make sure the joists are attached square and are set properly for the structure of the deck. Accurate measurements, fasteners and measuring tools, such as a large engineer or try square, are absolutely necessary for this step.



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