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Dayman
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Building Deck vs Paying Professional
Recently purchased a home that is in dire need of an outdoor entertaining area. I've found many DIY articles giving a step-by-step process of building a simple deck. I don't have any experience with this type of work, or any handy work really given that Im a first time home buyer. But it seems pretty simple.

Has anyone built there own deck? Any opinions on whether a novice can build a simple 10by16 floating deck.

If not, what price am i looking at paying a professional. In the nola area.


convertedtiger
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
It is not really that hard but you need a decent understanding of how to keep things as square as you can. There are a million little things that most DIY articles just gloss over like adding a membrane to all of your stringers for added longevity. IMO, from what you say your skill level is, have it done.


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Hamma1122
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
Pay a pro


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Pectus
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
If you want it to also add value to your home, get it done professionally.


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Salmon
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
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I don't have any experience with this type of work, or any handy work really given that Im a first time home buyer. But it seems pretty simple.


Hire someone

Building a deck isn't the complicated, but for someone that has no experience, I wouldn't risk building something attached to your home that could possibility be a disaster


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gumbeaux
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
I just helped my son build two large decks at his house. It’s not too bad but it does take two people and certain skill levels. The decks turned out great.

We found a website that has a calculator that will size the the rim joists, joists, and deck planks. There are a few factors that determine this, One deck is just 2’-3’ off the ground so we used 4x4 posts. The other deck is 8’ off the ground and we used 6x6 posts.

If your yard is sloped, a string level and plumb bob is your friend to set foundation locations.

We dug holes for concrete foundations with an anchor bolt at the center of the post location. The anchor bolt was used for a metal stand off that kept the posts 1” off the ground instead of setting the post in the concrete foundation. That will prevent the post from rotting and will also allow for easy replacement of a post if you need to.

We also used double joists at the ends of the deck planks. This will give the ends of the deck planks a full 1 1/2” joist width instead of each end sharing a 1 1/2” joist width.

Don’t leave a gap between deck planks as some recommend. Try to minimize gaps while placing the deck planks since gaps will be created once the treated wood shrinks.

Brush up on the code for railing. The horizontals and verticals have certain spacing requirements.

Use screws...do not use nails.

My son may one day convert one deck into a screen porch. So we used a mesh screen under the deck planks to prevent mosquitoes from coming through the gaps between deck planks.

The one good about biting the bullet to,pay a professional....it will get built quicker than you doing it on weekends. But doing it yourself gives you a certain feeling of satisfaction,

This post was edited on 3/20 at 8:37 am


bctiger6
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
Depends on how complex the project is. My dad and I just finished building a deck in my backyard that is attached to the house - also in Nola. He has experience with these type of projects so I was able to lean on him and learn a lot. Fun project but there will be more to it than you think. As others said, It’s important to make it as square as possible. Deck projects in Nola are different than most places around the country due to our crappy soil (it’ll settle) and abundance of rain. DIY articles are a good place to start but don’t give all the answers.
My deck is about 160sf and the materials probably came in around $800. So if you hire a professional to do it you’ll be looking at $2k minimum. Hard to give an exact estimate without more details.
This post was edited on 3/20 at 8:25 am


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Clames
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Whatever you have built, do not set the posts in concrete unless you plan on rebuilding the deck in 10 - 15 years. Concrete wicks up moisture and that means any wood set in it will rot at the intersection where it meets air, even ground contact rated. Have footings poured then set the posts with galvanized hardware.


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CoachChappy
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
My advice is to pay a pro. Keeping everything square and true and be difficult for a novice.

Also, depending on where you live, there are permits involved with adding on a deck. Insurance is another factor. In order to have it insured, your insurance company may need certain documentation from a licensed builder.


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TigerB8
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
It's all about the size of the job. If a small, low deck, get on youtube and watch videos to do it your self. Getting code correct is important. Larger jobs/deck should be done by a pro unless you have pro instruction nearby. Safety of your family, friends and your house are a concern with large jobs. I am in the same boat, except i have 3 decks to get done and as time passed, they are no longer up to code. Job is too big for me, but i may do it anyway because i got a quote of 11k$ for my front deck and 12k$ for each rear decks. Will get a few more quotes before doing myself.


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beerJeep
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
quote:

Dayman


Fighter of the nightman?


HubbaBubba
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I continue to be amazed by the number of people here who are unwilling to spend time watching YouTube videos to get instruction, understanding local codes and generally afraid to try.

This is not hard. Measure twice. Cut once. Use bolts and screws, not nails, use a level and a square. Learn the Pythagorean theorem. Think ahead. Take your time. Save thousands and thousands of dollars.
This post was edited on 3/22 at 7:30 pm


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unclejhim
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
[quote]We found a website that has a calculator that will size the the rim joists, joists, and deck planks[/quote
Can you share this website?


Beezy311
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
I Paid a professional this fall to build one around a oak tree. It was a bit of a challenge because of the root system. But it came out great. 24x24 all treated/galvanized hardware/screws totaled $6000


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TAMU-93
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re: Building Deck vs Paying Professional
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I don't have any experience with this type of work, or any handy work really given that Im a first time home buyer.


Which is why you should do it yourself. You're not deciding who's going to build the deck. You're deciding what kind of man you're going to become.


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gumbeaux
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[quote]LINK ]

Here you go unclejhim. The link will take you to sizing the joists but look to the left and you will see clicks for sizing other deck components.
This post was edited on 3/23 at 8:40 pm


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