How to Build A Backyard Deck. Herringbone Deck Boards DIY. Step By Step Beginner Guide For Dummies

Hey what up it's Brad with home of construction and today we're gonna be building a deck let's do it so we're basically on day I think three of this deck build we kind of skip through the demo cuz it's pretty basic I mean we basically just broke out the old deck and we had to remove it to koozie and as you can see behind me we're getting a.

Huge Bush stump out of the ground so we've got a little come along set up there's really nowhere to put a winch or anything so we're using a mechanical come along to just get it out the old deck was resting right on the ground so earth-2 would contact is something we never want and so it really didn't hold up well it wasn't well build the deck.

Boards were cuffing so we ripped it all out and the customers having us put in a brand new wood deck and so what we're gonna do is we're gonna pull some earth out so that we can at least get you know a good like three to four inch clearance all the way up to the house and we're gonna set it on posts that are gonna be set in holes with seek a fence post.

Makes okay so in on this deck we have to figure out a way to get all the way to the ground when you're framing something the goal is you take the weight of the person or the load standing on the structure and you somehow transfer it safely key word safely into the ground.

So we're having our deck boards lay across the top of the deck obviously between there we have what I'm standing on right now which is called a floor joist this joist is attached to the feet like what you might call a box beam on either side with these joist hangers which are nailed to the joist and the beam the beam which all the joists are.

Attached to runs the opposite direction and is then bolted with two huge half-inch of these money be 5/8 but I think the half-inch through bolts which attach it to a post that post actually runs 24 inches below the ground and it's cemented and it's actually a mix of Sica fence posts mix and cement as a topping agent to hold the post into the ground.

Safely so through their connection of the wood to the nails and the hangers to the other beam to the bolt to the post to the ground we're getting all of our load from somebody's standing on a deck board down to the ground safely and that is our framing layout the decking is going down it's time to.

Talk about what we're using to put the decking down originally the plan was camo system screws so hidden fasteners the way that camo system screws I love this system it's super sick so a camo system screw there's an attachment which you don't have what you're not using it I'll explain why it basically gets driven into the side of the board and.

Then it drives through into the floor joists underneath and you can't see the screw from the top like this is a great example on this board there are no visible screw heads so typically that's how we do it on this deck since it's a herringbone it's it was a little difficult to get that to work so what we did instead is they're actually driving.

The camo screws through the face of the board what's nice about using the camo system and the basically exterior trim head screws which means they have a really small head on them we can just drive them through and the first time that it rains or the first couple rains the woods gonna swell up it's gonna close up those holes were over driving.

Them so they're actually going beneath the surface of the wood so you know if you look across the deck you can't actually see any of the screw heads right now which by the time you know the wood swells and heals itself it's gonna look super sick it's gonna look like just about your deck boards obviously they'll be secure but it you're not.

Gonna be able to see any of the trim heads now I know the sticklers are gonna be like but how are you preventing from uplift on the deck boards each of the deck boards because this man right here knows what he's doing is screwed into the spine horizontally at the ends to prevent that upward lift so we're using a what colloquially would be called a.

Marine grade lumber so it's a number one AQ c prime pine lumber so this basically can be submerged and there's nothing nothing's gonna happen to it it's super it's it's treated for basically to be used for docks we're using on a deck because we're out here on the water this is gonna get beat on by the elements we want it to last a really long time so.

Use a higher grade of lumber to increase the lifespan of the deck super pumped about it it's got this nice radius edge any of our cuts we're routing the edges off of them it's there so so so alright so the deck is complete what we did with the stair situation we technically don't need a handrail on this deck because that's.

That I believe it's 30 inches of height you have to you have to do a handrail and some sort of basic you there's code for that we only went to up I think about 24 inches so we did is every time that the ground went six inches lower we added a step so from the beginning of the deck we come out this is the first time we get past six inches so we dig it.

Out made a step continued this out and then we get it down another six inches here another step here the way the steps wanna coming out of it actually expanded the footprint of the deck and made it take up more of the yard they didn't have much of usable backyard here so we thought you know between what the owner wanted and what it was gonna look like.

In the finished product this was definitely the way to go for the stairs we actually did an inside corner on the stairs here and in the inside corner and stairs is extremely hard to frame and huge shout out to John Hill our master carpenter for framing this it took him a little bit of time but it came out perfectly it you know as it always does.

Thank you John and we're super pumped about it and it came out really really well okay thank you so much for watching our video I really appreciate your attention but I do have one request of you if you could please like our Facebook page it's home love construction additionally we have really stepped up our Instagram lately there's.

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That's what we're gonna do so I'll see you next bit peace

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