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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-28-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Building a deck at my mom's place

She's wanted one for years, I've wanted to do it for her for just as long, and on Wednesday I got going on it, finally. It's a 14x14 size, hung off of the house, with an overhang of about 18". She sprung for the composite decking that is as easy to work with as regular wood. I've been having fun doing it, tomorrow I do the railings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfLQL3t6KWA#


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really nice man. i member i had a deck that my dad built but a hurricane ripped it

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I love projects like that. Fun and a sense of accomplishment when done!!

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[quote author=Eternal link=topic=154667.msg3302069#msg3302069 date=1251517738]
I love projects like that. Fun and a sense of accomplishment when done!!
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Same here! I love to keep busy and home improvement is awesome.

Good work.

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Re: Building a deck at my mom's place

looks good man! couldn't tell from the video, but did you use screws or nails to put down the composite decking? i saw you had a can of nails and a bin of screws, and was just wondering.


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[quote author=tschatzinger link=topic=154667.msg3303415#msg3303415 date=1251649030]
looks good man! couldn't tell from the video, but did you use screws or nails to put down the composite decking? i saw you had a can of nails and a bin of screws, and was just wondering.
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I used the associated composite specific deck screws, they're weird looking, have a reverse thread near the top of the screw head and you have to use a T-20 torx bit. They were $186 for a 25 pound pail!

I used galvenized 16 penny nails for nailing the joist hangers on and toe-nailing them to the beam, and galvenized 1/2x6" lag bolts, carriage bolts and washers. I got the railing almost done today!


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Re: Building a deck at my mom's place

Very nice. I am just doing the interior finish work on new windows. The bitch was the new ones were 1 1/2" narrower and 3" shorter then the existing windows, so I had to reframe all of the openings along with doing trim and brick mold on the outside. On the inside I have to redrywall around all of the windows (especially because of the slap-dash job the original builders did around the windows), cut the trim to size, etc, etc, etc.

Took 2 10hr days to get the windows and so far 2 weeks of finish work with at least another 2 weeks to go. My wife is better at spackling then I am, and with morning sickness she has maybe 30-45 minute a day were she can work right now. So its taking awhile, Just finish the drywall work and each window has at least the first coat of spackle on as of last night.

Working up plans for a 3/4 bath in the basement for this winter before the baby comes.
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PS The deck thing reminds me of an episode of 'moving up' I watched over the weekend where the guy pulls the old deck off the house with his truck...WITHOUT unbolting the deck from the house. I am just suprised he didn't rip the size off his house or rip the whole house down.
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[quote author=Mica07ms3 link=topic=154667.msg3304040#msg3304040 date=1251682650]
[quote author=tschatzinger link=topic=154667.msg3303415#msg3303415 date=1251649030]
looks good man! couldn't tell from the video, but did you use screws or nails to put down the composite decking? i saw you had a can of nails and a bin of screws, and was just wondering.
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I used the associated composite specific deck screws, they're weird looking, have a reverse thread near the top of the screw head and you have to use a T-20 torx bit. They were $186 for a 25 pound pail!

I used galvenized 16 penny nails for nailing the joist hangers on and toe-nailing them to the beam, and galvenized 1/2x6" lag bolts, carriage bolts and washers. I got the railing almost done today!
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Ahh, gotcha. I figured you screwed down the deck boards. I don't know anyone who would put down a deck with just nails these days. I've been doing construction in the summer for the past 5 or 6 years now. That seems like a lot of money! However, 25 lbs is a lot of screws. Especially since they sound pretty fancy. lol


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Re: Building a deck at my mom's place

Deck is finished -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbuyxwFI4P8#


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