Deck Building Done Right
Let’s build a deck! In this blog you'll learn the basics on how to build a simple deck for your RV campsite- hopefully located in Pinnacle Trails Resort. ;) We'll explain step by step (with the help of Home Depot) how to build a deck, we will also list the materials you'll need. Let's go!
Here are some links for viedos about building your own deck:
"Why build your own deck? For me, it came down to learning some new skills and saving lots of money! It is so extremely rewarding to stand on a deck that you have created with your own two hands. The bragging rights are unparalleled! And more importantly, you can save so much money! To pay someone to build a deck my size with typical materials would cost between $6,000 and $8,000! My deck came in under $900, since all I paid for was lumber, cement, and screws. Wow, right?" Article Posted By: Alexi Politis of Seeking Alexi.
Materials You'll need for your DIY deck:
- 2 x 6 Pressure-treated beams
- Concrete deck piers
- 48 in. Level
- Tape measure
- Miter saw (You can rent a miter saw at The Home Depot.)
- Weed barrier
- 2 x 4 Douglas Fir wood
- Wood planer (You can rent a wood planer at The Home Depot.)
- Paint roller and tray
- Thompson’s Water Seal
- Outdoor deck screws
- Tile spacers
- Impact driver
- Jig saw (You can rent a jig saw at The Home Depot.)
- Weatherproofing Stain and Sealer
- Paint edger
Step One: Create the deck plan.
If you want to make your low-level deck as inexpensive and simple as possible, follow what I did! Which is to use 2 x 6 pressure-treated beams spaced 24 in. apart on-center. The support for these joists provided by concrete deck piers needs to be placed at least every 8 feet.
Step Two: Place the deck footings.
I wanted mine as low to the ground as possible, (mostly because I didn’t want stairs) so I dug down the cement deck piers closest to my house several inches, and the piers away from my house didn’t need to be dug at all. You should do one deck pier at a time, and be CONSTANTLY measuring the perfect distances, leveling each deck pier to each other, and being as meticulous as possible that everything is level!
-Place gravel at the bottom of each footing to minimize sliding.
-Use a long level on top of your joist beams to ensure your deck is perfectly flat.
-Also, don’t re-bury those deck piers until you have them all laid in your backyard, just in case you need to change a few.
-You do NOT want your wood touching the ground, so make sure the wood-slots aren’t too low in the ground that this will happen!
Step Three: Cut and lay your joists.
To do so, measure and cut each joist one at a time, in case there are any slight differences between the distances of your cement piers.
If your deck is large like mine, you will likely need to meet two joints onto one deck pier to reach the entire length of your deck. I have to mention the Ryobi miter saw I used was amazing for these large joists. It cut everything so smoothly, and even has a laser line that appears to make it extra easy for you. I love that saw so much!
Step Four: Re-bury those deck piers.
You should also spray some grass and weed killer or lay weed barrier cloth under the entire area of your future deck. You don’t want any pesky weeds coming up through your deck when it’s all finished!
Step Five: Prep your deck wood.
For me, I decided to use 2 x 4 Douglas Fir wood (simple framing-wood), because it is inexpensive, but still extremely strong.
If you can get your hands on a wood planer, use it! It will make sure all your wood is the same height and also give those rough 2 x 4s a beautiful, smooth finish. Remember you only have to plane one side (the side that will be seen)!
Step Six: Waterproof the bottom of your deck planks.
Since this wood is not typical decking-wood, you need this extra step to keep the wood from rotting and decomposing any sooner.
Note that Douglas Fir may not be ideal for other climates, but dry climates (I live in Utah) should be just fine if you will waterproof the bottom of the wood first. You don’t need to waterproof the top, because we are going to stain/seal that side! I used Thompson’s Water Seal and a paint roller; just make sure to follow the instructions on the container!
Step Seven: Lay your decking planks.
This part is not rocket science, just takes a little bit of time. Some boards are a little warped, and may need two people holding it in place as you get the first few outdoor deck-screws in each board. Use ¼ in. tile spacers between your boards, and add two screws per joist. I used the Ryobi impact drivers because that wood is tough and you need something strong to put the screws in!
You may also need to use a jig saw like this Ryobi jig saw to cut around drain pipes, or fencing on the edge of your deck like I did.
Tip: Create yourself a simple template out of a see-through material so you know exactly where to place your screws, then they will line up perfectly.
Step Eight: Add end-caps.
This part is easy, just add 1 x 6 wood to the ends of your deck to give it a finished look.
I used pine because I couldn’t find Douglas Fir in that size.
Step Nine: Prep for Staining.
Go back through every screw and make sure they are flush with the wood, or even indented a bit. If the screws stick out, people may trip or snag their shoes as they walk.
Then, go back over each screw and give it a little bit of sanding to fix some of the splinters that will inevitably appear, since we are working with a natural product.
Also sand off the edges of the end-caps you just added to make those corners a little smoother.
Step Ten: Stain/seal your deck.
I used a weatherproofing stain/seal on mine, and I’m already so happy with it! And, if you know me at all, I love the color white so much, so of course I stained my deck opaque white!
I did three thin coats to get that bright, white color.
Make sure you give plenty of time to dry between coats, and also a couple days of drying time before you place anything heavy on your deck so it has time to cure.
Tip: Use a paint edger so you don’t have to tape off the side of your house (tape doesn’t stick well, anyway, since it’s a rough surface!).
Step Eleven: Decorate your new deck.
This is where all the magic happens, and all the amazing products I decorated with from The Home Depot really made this whole project come together. For more details and tips for creating a cozy and intimate space in your own backyard, see my new deck reveal here on The Home Depot Blog.
I used these Edison bulb outdoor lights, and these rattan lights to add variety, some gorgeous plants in terra cotta pots. The copper Weber grill is gorgeous, and really adds a sophisticated color to the space, as well as these matching white and copper lanterns.
And of course, the two largest staple-pieces to the whole thing is the stunning deck furniture and overhanging umbrella. The umbrella is extremely sturdy, and very functional. It allows you to change the angle, which will be amazing for those long, hot summer afternoons. And, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the Hampton Bay Mill Valley Collection. It is steel-reinforced, weather-proof, and it’s actually quite comfortable as well! I highly recommend it!
From-Alexi Politis of Seeking Alexi- For The Home Depot Blog.
Link: http://blog.homedepot.com/how-to-build-a-diy-deck-on-a-budget/ \
We hope you found this information useful when building your deck for your RV site, camp site or even backyard. Remember to always wear the protective gear recommended when using power tools. We hope your new deck is everything you wanted and more.