How to Frame a Simple Deck | This Old House

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Our addition needs a small deck that leads to the patio. Tom Silva and Norm Abram tackle one of DIY’s most popular subjects as they show the construction fundamentals of this backyard icon.

The family room will be connected to the patio by a simple rectangular deck. Tom Silva and Norm Abram work together to install the framing. First they flash the area where the deck will meet the house with a self-sealing membrane. Then they install the ledger and joist hangers. They use 2×12 lumber for the rim joists, making sure to pitch them away from the house for water run-off. They also use 2×12 lumber across the front so there is plenty of nailing space where the stair stringers will meet the deck. The support posts are 4×4 and are notched out for the rim joists. Last, two 2×8 interior joists are set 16 inches on center. The decking will be 1×4 ipe wood and will go down later.

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This Old House is America’s first and most trusted home improvement show. Each season, we renovate two different historic homes—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. We demystify home improvement and provide ideas and information so, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring out contractors, you’ll know the right way to do things or the questions to ask. Our experts including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor give you the tools you need to protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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