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The lumber is ok grade found everywhere and culled for least knots/check and splits. Those are the normal pt lumber to use. There is no such lumber as knotless, select or #1 grade pt lumber - as far as I know.
DIY Home Flooring Improvement - Building a Floor Deck By Moses Wright | Submitted On November 20, 2007 It can sound complicated with the plethora of equipment needed.
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We asked This Old House general contractor Tom Silva to demonstrate the proper techniques for building a small, simple on-grade deck. All you need to be successful at DIY deck building are some basic carpentry tools and the desire to invest a little sweat equity. The deck shown here features a pressure-treated floor frame that's supported by a ledger board and concrete piers, and topped with 5/4-inch decking. And because the deck is only a one step high, no railing was required.
Yes, the decking of the upper deck is 2x6. Both decks are currently 2x6 decking. The tar paper is to keep the rain and mosquitoes out of the lower deck. So, plywood wouldn't offer enough support for backerboard and tile? (when the house was built, 30 years ago, 24"oc was the standard.
Keep in mind, you also can decide to simply reface the deck (just replace the deck boards not the whole structure) if the structure is sound. Regarding staining, there are many options, and I'll be staining my deck come spring time for the first time so I'm not the best person to ask.
DIY Home Flooring Improvement - Building a Floor Deck By: Moses Wright All you need to build your own deck is a few dozen deck screws, lag screws, galvanized nails, bolts, joists, posts, braces, flashing, concrete bags, gravel, stain, thinner, drill, level, plumb bob, hammer and measuring tape.
There are thousands of DIY decks built each year, some by novices, some by experienced home DIY pros. Unlike a paver patio, a DIY deck is a more complex project that involves careful consideration of materials and construction.