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Okay /diy/, I'm new to...
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)00:49 UTC+1 No.669673 Report

Okay /diy/, I'm new to all this. Is it possible for someone with no experience to build a deck (including cover)? Or would it be more cost effective to hire someone to do it? I'm trying to save as much money as possible, which is why I'm interest doing myself.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)01:10 UTC+1 No.669679 Report

Go to Lowes or Home Depot or similar.
Buy a book on "Deck Building" or similar title.
Read book
Decide if it's a job for you or for someone else.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)01:20 UTC+1 No.669684 Report
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>>669673Now plant some...
>>669673

Now plant some hops to climb up those support posts and in a year or two, you'll have a nice shady pergola to relax under, drinking a beer you brewed from your own home-grown hops.

And if you're not into brewing, the birds local birds will enjoy munching on them.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)02:06 UTC+1 No.669697 Report

>>669673
yeah pretty easy tbh.. its the part where you have to pass inspections that might be a little tough... if you go that route.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)02:11 UTC+1 No.669700 Report

>>669679
This is a good idea to start with. Don't half ass something like a deck if you can't into carpentry. Pick a smaller project to start out with and see how it goes.

Also, you'll need a bunch of tools that you might not use again if you fuck it up or just don't like doing it.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)13:26 UTC+1 No.669868 Report

>>669673
>Is it possible for someone with no experience to build a deck (including cover)?
Yes
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)16:14 UTC+1 No.669913 Report

>>669868
>no
OP doesnt feel comfortable with the materials so no.
OP needs experience by doing something simpler like repairing a fence, building a box or a table.
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Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)16:51 UTC+1 No.669931 Report

>>669913
Perhaps, but that was not his question.
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Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)02:24 UTC+1 No.670110 Report

>>669673
I think you may want to also consider reading up on your building codes. I know in some areas if you build a small deck they barely hassle you and hence might be worth to DIY. If you want a larger, higher deck, then you might want a contractor. Remember if you fuck up you'll have to tear it down if you plan to sell the place.
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Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)03:40 UTC+1 No.670146 Report

Hey OP, do you understand basic fractions such as 1/2s, 1/4ths, 1/8ths? Can you measure, cut, assemble to the same accuracy? Then go to Lowes or Home Depot and look for a bunch of books and magazines near the checkouts. Thumb through two or three and get a feel for the process (conceptualize the plumb, level, and squareness of your environment to get a rough idea of what you need). If that overwhelms you walk slowly out of the store and don't buy anything. Otherwise pick one out that you feel comfortable with and go look at the tools and materials required with the book in hand. Familiarize yourself with the components (beams, planks, screws, ect). Then buy the book, go home and start drawing a plan as detailed you can. At that point you've only invested an hour or two and less than $20 on the idea and you will have a better idea if it's something you want to tackle.

A. (experienced contractor, engineer,)
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Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)12:13 UTC+1 No.670350 Report

>>669673
building a deck and staining it was my first ever woodworking project.
went well and was paid well.
to be entirely honest though, the wood used for the decking was interlocking...not that that makes much difference.
i promise it's easy, OP.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)04:35 UTC+1 No.670717 Report

I agree w anon. Theres so much shit u need to build a deck like the pic. Plus if it collapses n u never had it inspected... yer fucked. Hire an insured contractor. Or an experienxed finish carpenter n pull the permit yerself.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)07:10 UTC+1 No.670779 Report

>>669673
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)14:05 UTC+1 No.670900 Report

the bottom deck would be easy enough. its attaching the top part to your house, on your own... where theres biggest room for error.

maybe watch some youtube videos see if theres anything specific enough to make you feel comfortable doing it yourself.

if u don't know what your doing and you know your likely to fuck up, just hire a pro.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)22:02 UTC+1 No.672173 Report

>>669673
If you're new to it, it can easily cost more to figure it out yourself than to hire someone who knows what they're doing. It has to be something you legitimately want to learn how to do even if it requires far more time and money to get it right.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)22:10 UTC+1 No.672176 Report

>>669673
it is easy, but dont skimp and use nails, use deck screws and flip the grain on the boards every other board, so cup up on one board and cup down on the next (imagine the end grain is a cup shape), if you're in a cold climate, find out where your frost line is and set a footer deeper than that, if you're in a warm climate a flat cement block can be used, but verify your local codes. Every hardware store will have a book for sale to help.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)22:13 UTC+1 No.672178 Report

>>670146
I agree with this anon, it's super easy, but I grew up building shit with my dad so these things come easy to me. If it seems hard or confusing from reading the deck magazine, walk away.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)23:17 UTC+1 No.672232 Report

>>669679
No. Just, no. Most of those books are full of bullshit.

The only guide worth reading, happens to be a free download:

http://www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)00:23 UTC+1 No.672254 Report

>>672176
why flip boards?
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)22:43 UTC+1 No.672712 Report

>>669673
It is possible, but it's not a good idea. There are a lot of factors (if you can legally build one, what's in the ground underneath it, materials, the weight it needs to hold, climate and weather it needs to resist, among other things) that judging by this post, you haven't really thought about yet- you need to before you even set pen to paper. Building it will probably be the least difficult part, but your lack of experience will make planning this very likely to be full of mistakes.
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