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How to Build a Deck in 5 Steps

Step 1: Get some talented people who know how to build a deck. My brother and cousin helped us. Then make sure you pick a day that’s way to hot. Our deck took two days and it was sunny and 95 to 100 degrees each day.

Step 2: Get a lot of wood. This is only half of our new deck. We had to go back for a second load.

Get Lots of Wood

Step 3: Tear off the old deck. This is pretty easy except they left a lot of nails in the yard. Lawnmower will find them though. 😉

Tear down old deck.

Step 3a: Pile all the old boards in the front yard. Then you and your mother in law can spend two days pulling nails out. Again, nails in the yard. Go lawnmower.

Pile old wood in the yard.

Step 4: Build the deck. Most was done by my brother and cousin as they are the ones with skills.

build deck

Step 5: Marvel at the beauty and safety of your new deck. It’s sooooo awesome!

New Deck!

Ohh and we are giving free used wood away in the front yard. 99% nail free. Great for fire pits. Used nails too if you want them.

3 Responses

  1. Tiger Claw says:

    Did your cousin use hidden deck fasteners when installing the deck or just good old fashioned nails that will slowly slide up over time and grab your toes if you walk barefoot? Also, how does your lawnmower exactly “get rid” of the nails? I have kids and I am sure that they would find then in the yard with their bare feet.

  2. Thomas says:

    HI Tiger. Not sure on the faciners. They are good old fashion ones I think. And, since we bag our grass, that’s how the nails got picked up. We picked them all up by hand first though, we don’t really want to use the lawnmower to find them.

  1. 6/5/2006

    […] We recently built a deck and all the old wood was piled in the front yard and the nails were removed. That was not the fun part. Once we were done, I had Christi make some signs that said ‘Free Used Wood’ and I set them out by it; and people are taking it!! […]

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