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How to Build a Deck

A step-by-step guide gives you all the secrets for constructing a deck.

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    Hard

From drawing up plans to yearly maintenance, this project guides you through all the steps for building a deck.

Build a deck by following these straightforward steps

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    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $2,500 - $5,000

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    Hard

Getting Started on a Deck

From the plan drawings to the joists, what you do at the beginning when building a deck can make a difference in both the ease in completing the project and the life of the finished project.

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    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate to Hard

How to Install Deck Flooring and Posts

With the joists in place, now you can start to lay the deck flooring.

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    Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Easy/Moderate

    Hard

How to Build a Deck Staircase

With the flooring in place, you can build the staircase for your deck.

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    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate to Hard

How to Install Deck Railings and Balusters

The final steps for completing construction of your deck are followed by seal, stain and enjoy.

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