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Well the time is coming, We are in the final steps of getting our house. After a long search and many disappointments I think we found the one( as long as the inspections goes good ). The only issue I don't like with the house is it has an older deck on the back side. It's tiny and they painted it and never took care of it, it seems like. The paint is pealing off and the wood is splintering pretty bad in some spots. I would love to tear it down and build a new bigger one.

I have all the tools needed minus an auger <sp? and plenty of friends who are good with tools and know some carpentry stuff. My big concerns are what type of wood should I go with and whats a good long lasting stain.

Links would be much appreciated.
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Just think of it like a big sub box maybe? LOL!
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So lots of birch lol and no gaps, it might puddle water though.
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You don't need an auger. Get you a nice pair of post hole diggers and some sacrete. Or just use deck blocks.

Number one tip I have is with every single thing you do, make sure it's level.
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You don't need an auger. Get you a nice pair of post hole diggers and some sacrete. Or just use deck blocks.

Number one tip I have is with every single thing you do, make sure it's level.
I figured I wouldn't "need" one but seems like it would be faster and better.
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Just use blocks.
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Keep it simple. Pressure treated wood - whatever it may be (pine, poplar, etc), your local home depot or lowes will have plenty. I don't recommend stain simply because there is nothing wrong with the natural color of wood. Treated lumber has a greenish hue that will fade with time. As far as building it, just think about what you want it to look like and start with the basics and take your time and umm..... what else........ measure twice cut once. That about sums it up.
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Well the time is coming, We are in the final steps of getting our house. After a long search and many disappointments I think we found the one( as long as the inspections goes good ). The only issue I don't like with the house is it has an older deck on the back side. It's tiny and they painted it and never took care of it, it seems like. The paint is pealing off and the wood is splintering pretty bad in some spots. I would love to tear it down and build a new bigger one.

I have all the tools needed minus an auger <sp? and plenty of friends who are good with tools and know some carpentry stuff. My big concerns are what type of wood should I go with and whats a good long lasting stain.

Links would be much appreciated.
pressure treated lumber is always best to use for outdoor structures exposed to the elements with minimal yearly maintenance in mind. all it takes is a pressure washer with some deck-specific cleansing/stripping agents to clean it every year.

cedar is more pricey due to it's excellent water resistance and pleasant smell from the oil along with being a different material, but will still disintegrate or rot over time if you dont pay attention to or properly treat it,.. not as badly as untreated lumber, but more than treated will. additionally, breathing in the oily sawdust when cutting is very bad for your health.

that wood pulp/engineered decking that is made with some sort of pvc additive is prob the best thing to use if you dont want to stain or have to clean it thoroughly every year as it is pigmented in a variety of colors and projected to last for 25-50 years. just dont eff up cutting it,.. super expensive.

ive always used a thompson's product for sealing and staining, but everyone's preferences are different and it really depends on how much money and time you can afford to put into finishing it. even extra coats of an inferior product is just as effective as the best thing you can get.

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I've seen the fake wood stuff my friend helped his dad do their deck in it. I didn't really care for the look or the price.
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A few sheets of mdf should do the trick...........home depot has plans I think for decks
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