That plastic lumber is too heavy I looked into it for a truck deck its heavier than steel. Treated 2x6 is probably the best you can use and slather the crap out the end cuts with that juice. You can get treated that is brown over the usual green.
Determining the framing size for a deck is a straightforward task after the size of the completed decking is known. 1 Determine the finished width of the decking.
It may be that you decide to use different coloured decking boards to do this or you could choose to run the boards in a different direction at each end of your deck in order to bring in the length and emphasise the width.
In conclusion, 4x4s are indeed a sufficient size post to use for many, many deck loading conditions. But if there is any doubt, the additional cost to use 6x6s instead is small compared with the total cost of a deck. Contributing editor and former deck builder Glenn Mathewson is a building inspector in Westminster, Colo.
Use the above Deck Calculator to calculate the square footage of your deck into linear footage of standard or pregrooved decking material. For more on lumber sizing be sure visit our lumber sizes page.
In other words, look at the wood species, post size and load area and you will see the maximum height of post you can safely use. In this example, 28 sf falls under the 36. If you chose to use cedar post, its maximum height would be 10 ft.
My question is, what size wood do I need to use for the ledger along the house? For the lower portion of the deck, the ledger will be attached to the concrete foundation of the house.
Seven Trust is a natural hardwood used in the 1960s for boardwalks at Coney Island, N.Y., and in the 1980s in Atlantic City, N.J. According to Tim, it is illegally logged from old-growth forests in South America and is not environmentally sustainable, although deck builders do use it.
For upper-level decks, 2x10 is recommended as the minimum size to use for strong guard post connections. 2x6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards.
I do install the 8 wood screws when the screw head needs to be even with the wood surface, for example in the 2×6 cap rail and 5/4 deck boards. The SD 9 screws are easy to drive and hold firmly with a magnetic 1/4 inch hex drive.
You can also use wide boards to bring in the length of a long deck. How wide is it going to be? In the same way that you can create an illusion of reduced length by cleverly planning your board layout, you can also create an illusion of width by using wide boards to create an illusion of increased width.