How to Design and Build Decks
Learn how to design the perfect deck for the yard, from choosing the best site, size, and shape to calculating the proper sizes of joists, posts, and beams. There are guidelines for drawing your own plans, ordering materials, and obtaining a permit, along with complete, step-by-step instructions for building a deck. Includes 102 color photos and illustrations.
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Buying and Ordering Materials
Building Your Deck
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