Better Ways to Frame a Deck
Smart details for ledgers, posts, and joists create a solid, attractive frame that should last as long as the house.
Synopsis: A good deck should be safe, attractive, and as long-lasting as the house it’s hanging from. John Spier has worked in Rhode Island’s coastal environment for 20 years, and in this article, he shares his strategy for erecting the posts and joists for a deck. Anchoring and flashing the ledger board are key details explained in drawings and photos. Also highlighted are some specialized tools that speed the process, such as a pneumatic impact wrench.
The wood frame of a deck leads a hard life. Without the protection of roof or walls, a deck frame is completely exposed to the weather. Though subjected to heavy loads, a wood deck is supported by just a few posts or piers instead of a solid foundation. And it’s a rare homeowner who gives a second thought to maintaining a deck once it has been built. In spite of all this, a…