how i built my diy floating deck step 1. our first step was to clean the area and level it some more. step 2. then, following the plan, we set the concrete deck blocks in their designated spaces, step 3. on the second day of work and after inspection, we were told that step 4. we created a
if your property happens to sit on a sloping area you can build a deck to make the area useful. very few property owners would probably prefer a sloping tract of land over one that is relatively flat. for starters, it is more challenging to build on a slope. cleaning up and clearing the build area require more effort and focus.
building a deck can be a pricey option that requires careful planning, special tools and a lot of material. how to build custom deck railings. with the deck floor complete, build custom railings. the decks support posts serve as mounts for the new railing system.
in fact, the entire thing slopes down. you have to measure from the ground up for each post in regards to how high to attach the 2' x 6' boards. the posts near the stairs are on higher ground that the ones on the other side by almost a foot. from one side of the stairs to the other is a 10 1/2-inch slope.
step 4. set one beam at the front of the sloped deck vertically on the front pair of sill plates. have an assistant hold the beam in place with a spirit level to find true vertical. place a hold-down -- a strong metal angle bracket -- on either side of the beam above one sill plate.
floating decks are so called because, rather than being attached to a building as are standard decks, they simply 'float' on top of the ground. they are also called freestanding decks, for the same reason. floating decks are much easier to build than standard attached decks and typically don't require a building permit.
some decking products with limited drainage recommend sloping the deck frame to a 1/4 vertical per 12 horizontal pitch. this slope is small enough to escape detection by the naked eye, but enough to force water away from the house. in order to do this you will have to trim
we took it upon ourselves to build stairs into the hill in our back yard. we thought it would be a nice compliment and really polish off our backyard makeover, not to mention a great way to get to our new diy patio from the deck.. since the slope wasnt too bad, we thought we might be able to get away with just a gravel pathway, but we wanted a more grand look.
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measuring the slope. the formula for measuring how many steps you need is really simple. its the height of the hill from top to bottom in inches divided by anywhere between 6 and 8 for this type of stair. because ours was 28 inches from the top of the slope to the bottom when you divide by 7, you get.. 4