Building a deck

This had to be one of the most rewarding physical things I’ve ever built. It was near perfect, far better than I had imagined. Then again I did my research well…thanks YouTube!


First up I cut editing into the lawn, using treated pine and ground stakes. Tools I used:

  • Sledge hammer (3.6kg)
  • Circular saw (to cut wood to size)
  • Impact screw driver and appropriate outdoor screws
  • Spade to dig 🙂
  • Knee pads
  • Tape measure
  • Pythagoras’ theorem – I had to ensure I was making a 90 degree angle. This is the first time in my life I used it

IMG_4338I layed about 7.5cm of fine gravel above a layer of weed mat. The frame as you can see is floating – no concrete posts in case I need to move it. There are however short stakes in the ground to keep it from moving.


Here you can see the frame is almost complete – ensuring I have sufficient spacers to keep the cross beams straight.


This was my pre-planning to determine how many linear meters I need. I essentially layed out all the wood on the surface, and was about 6m short.


IMG_4580 IMG_4586One trick I learnt from a friend was to use specific rubber seals across the joists. This keeps water from resting on the wood.

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