In this episode of The Handyguys, Podcast the Handyguys Brian & Paul continue their interview with Paul Mackie from The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
This part of the interview contains discussion of:
- Can a handyguy build his own deck.
- Exotics versus cedar versus synthetics
- Quality of cedar in various markets
Tips and considerations for a DIYer when building a deck
- board spacing
- corrosion resistant fasteners
- hidden fasteners
Thanks to Western Red Cedar Lumber Association for this picture of a great looking deck. Click for full size.
What are some of the skills needed to build a deck? The Handyguys, Brian & Paul, discuss what it takes. The conclusion: If you are handy you could build a deck and save some money in the process. If you are building a second floor deck or if you deck is high, you may want to consider having someone do the framing. Height adds complexity and safety may be a concern. Listen to the podcast for the full discussion.
The Handyguys wrap up the discussion talking about comprehensive landscape design. You may want to consider hiring a landscape designer to help you come up with a complete plan including hardscape, plants, shrubs and lighting.
Thanks to Mr. Cedar, Paul Mackie, of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association for a great interview.
Brian & Paul continue to discuss the tools after Mr. Cedar signs off. There is a minimum compliment of tools you will need. The Handyguys like their tools and discuss some upgrades that would make building a deck easier. The table below shows the minimum tool and a possible upgrade. You can click each picture for a full description and purchase option for each tool.
Deck Building Tools
|Possible Required Tool||An upgrade to the required tool|
|Post Hole Digger|
|Plumb & Level|
Thanks to Timbertech for the image
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