Gain an understanding of how composite-railing systems are assembled and installed to complete the deck.
South Kennsington, Rhode Island
Veteran contractor Rick Arnold is a contributing editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is the author of numerous articles and books on home construction and remodel. He is a well-known and sought-after speaker and presenter at home shows and building seminars around the country.
In this series, we transport you right to the job site where you can “build along” with Rick and his crew as they construct a sturdy, attractive backyard deck.
The deck you’ll see Rick build is not a prop in a studio. It’s an actual project attached to an actual house, and the construction methods that Rick and his crew demonstrate reflect the best practices of professional builders. You’ll see firsthand what’s involved in locating and pouring piers, framing the structure, building stairs, laying deck boards, and attaching railings.
In addition to video, you’ll also find Fine Homebuilding’s best articles detailing specific deck-building methods, as well as tips on choosing the right tools and materials to build your own deck. We recognize—and want you to recognize, too—that good builders often have several ways of approaching the same task. Written by a few of the best builders in the country, our collection of articles both explain and go beyond the methods used in the videos. Likewise, keep in mind that building codes governing deck construction vary from region to region. Always consult local regulations before starting work. And good luck on your project!
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