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Designing a Deck: Part 7

by Tim Snyder ~ Content ©

» Get Ready to Build

A successful, smooth construction project depends to some extent on having the materials—all the materials—and the tools you'll need, in hand at the right time. It's a good idea to make a checklist of the things you'll need to order, and to plan ahead where you'll store various items until you're ready to use them. Here are some of the categories and items you may want to put on that list.

» Decking and Framing Materials

Remember to order the railing posts, rails and balusters, too.

Fasteners and hardware. Talk with the folks at your lumberyard about which of these you'll need: rafter and stair gauge; decking nails, screws, machine bolts, carriage bolts and lag bolts; post anchors, post beam caps, hold-downs, deck clips and joist hangers; flashing.

Electrical supplies for outdoor wiring work. Conduit, wire, outlet boxes, receptacles, switches and light fixtures.


  • Circular saw
  • Decking saw blades
  • 50-foot outdoor extension cord
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bits
  • 50-foot metal tape measure
  • Carpenter's square
  • Plumb bob
  • 4-foot level
  • Framing hammer
  • Chalk line
  • Line level
  • Wrench set
  • Post-hole digger

About Tim Snyder

Writer, photographer and carpenter, Tim was a senior editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine and executive editor of American Woodworker magazine.

With TV personality Norm Abram, Snyder coauthored two books in the best-selling New Yankee Workshop series.

Tim has also written books on deck design and furniture making.
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