When it comes to decks, Mike Guertin has built enough of them to make it look easy. In this article, he outlines the basic process he uses to build a deck. Guertin’s first step is to protect the deck’s joists because even pressure-treated wood can be vulnerable to rot. He also prefers to work from the rim toward the house, which allows him to be sure that full-width boards are placed at the posts, where they are most visible. Guertin uses deck spacers to keep the deck-board layout even, and he is sure to use blocking to support the decking if it changes direction. This article includes a sidebar on the advantages to using an auto-feed screw gun for deck work and a sidebar on board straighteners.
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