AUTHOR: Owen Wang

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Created On: September 8, 2020
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DIY decking may be a great option for you if you do not wish to spend a ton of money on your next construction project. Most hand tools are inexpensive and can be useful in a variety of future building projects. Prior to building a deck, here are a few things you should consider:

  1. Deck building materials: Choosing the right materials for constructing your deck is a crucial decision that needs to be made in advance. Traditionally, wood is used for making decks. However, composite decking is a popular alternative. Made using wood and recycled plastic, this type of decking is environment friendly and can be used to build decks of a wide range of shapes and sizes. Warranties for composite decking may be up to 20 years or more.
  2. Permit: You may require a permit for building a deck if it will be big in height or size. Check with your local governmental authority and acquire one if needed. It is good to have a permit for safety reasons as well as for selling the property in the future.
  3. Design and location: Create a design template for your deck based on where you want it situated. You can use a design software to customize the layout based on where it is located, like for instance on a second story or as an attachment to a back door.
  4. Select the right board: Opt for good quality boards to avoid accidents or frequent repairs. Do not buy boards that are curved, cupped, or have knots on the edges. Put boards at a 1/8 inch distance from each other to allow for expansion and contraction due to weather.

Tools You Must Have for Your DIY Decking Project

A DIY deck building project requires several tools during different parts of the construction process. Here are some tools you should procure before commencing your next decking project:

  1. Circular saw and a drop saw: A circular saw is ideal if you are looking to do a long and continuous cut on plywood. You may also use a circular saw to cut smaller boards. A drop saw, also known as a power miter saw, can be used to make precise crosscuts at a designated angle. Look for a composite decking blade to assist with your cutting needs.
  2. Hand Drill: Woodworkers rely heavily on hand drills. You can use it to make holes on surfaces. Alternately, you may also use a power drill.
  3. Tape measure: Any building project will involve measurement. Make sure you have a long measuring tape especially if you are constructing a large deck.
  4. Set square: Set squares are helpful for measuring angular distances and establishing positions while building a deck.
  5. Spirit level: You can use a spirit level to determine if a surface is vertical or horizontal. There are many kinds of spirit levels such as i-beam levels, box beam levels, and torpedo levels. Depending on your construction needs, you may use any one of these.
  6. Safety equipment: Do not compromise on safety especially if you are working on DIY deck construction project. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) helps prevent accidents and injuries. Make sure you have a set of safety hats or helmets, protective shoes, safety goggles, gloves, and ear plugs.
  7. Countersinking Tool: Countersinking tools may be used to drill small, cone-shaped holes. They are used in equipment like drills and milling machines.

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