building a deck! (1 Viewer)

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well my wife is a Craigslist junkie!

and found deck lumber at half of what home depot sells it for.

so i built a deck fixed another and now have stairs from my smoking deck to my back yard.

starting out...


a little help from my sons!


proud of their work...

decking finished and starting on the steps...
 
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when i first put the stair risers down i noticed they were not square with the new deck.


continuing on with the stairs going down into the yard.


here is a pic that shows the upper deck that i had to square up .



putting in the steps down the other side.

 
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every one helped to do something.



steps on this side done.


the fasteners i used.


and here is where all stairs are done, notice the top stairs are still not square.


so ripped the decking off the top deck, it was way out of square on the edge that goes down to the new deck, then i moved the joist, that the new steps connect to out to square them up, and here is where i am putting down new decking.
 
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here is a pic of more new decking, i hate nails, the old decking was a pain to get off.

the steps are now squared up.

in this pic, i moved the outer joist out to where it is now, it used to be under the cedar trim, also the 2x4 was to keep it from dropping as i moved it over.

more help.

the upper deck has all new decking.
 
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Are the stair stringers just sitting on dirt or did you pour some concrete or something there for them to sit on. Ideally, you'd want to have a piece of pressure-treated wood between the stringers and the concrete or dirt to prevent rot from moisture....
 
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Are the stair stringers just sitting on dirt or did you pour some concrete or something there for them to sit on. Ideally, you'd want to have a piece of pressure-treated wood between the stringers and the concrete or dirt to prevent rot from moisture....
the stringers are pressure treated, and the 4x4s on either side of them are in the ground about 3' and in concrete, then the dirt was added to level the area up.
 
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no good job can be complete with out spilling a little blood.
what is the old saying it is not really yours till you have your own blood sweat and tears in it!


finishing up the railing.



and here is where it stands right now, i ran out of 2x2's so i could not finish all the pickets.


 
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well i tell you i would not mind helping you out, you feel like coming down here and helping me out, i have to replace the eaves where i had my chimney installed.

 

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