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Old 07-12-2013, 10:03 PM   #16
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It may not seem difficult, but there is a reason contractors can command a premium when doing this kind of work. There is a big safety factor involved in a two story deck. That being said, I can't recommend that a homeowner take an a project like this.
?? Any reasonably competent homeowner who has the tools and can read a blueprint should have no trouble building a replacement deck for this. The only part that's somewhat difficult is building the stairs and those really aren't that bad. It sounds by your comments like you have a vested interest in having someone hired for jobs like this, are you a contractor for decks?

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?? Any reasonably competent homeowner who has the tools and can read a blueprint should have no trouble building a replacement deck for this. The only part that's somewhat difficult is building the stairs and those really aren't that bad. It sounds by your comments like you have a vested interest in having someone hired for jobs like this, are you a contractor for decks?
AGREE ENTIRELY ^^^^^^^^^^ That's why they call this DIY Chatroom.... this is not "Service Majic" referrel service.

I'm a GC.... and I think building a deck is probably the best starter project for a new DIY'er.

It's not rocket science... my son was doing it when he was 15 and I had to drive him to HD... and several were structural engerred for HT and firepits.

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It sounds by your comments like you have a vested interest in having someone hired for jobs like this, are you a contractor for decks?
I'm a carpenter. I don't exclusively do decks, but I have done them. Certainly, a reasonably competent person could build a deck with good prints, but most people never have prints produced and just "wing it". Thats when things can get scary.
My recommendation that the average homeowner not take on specifically a second story deck for safety reasons is based on what I have encountered in the field. There are always exceptions, but please---be certain you know what you are doing and the risks involved before proceeding.

Sorry if I came across harsly in my previous posts (I've just seen a few people get hurt as a result of poorly built decks
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The balusters look in good shape. Save them. Everything else has to go. This deck wouldn't fly in my area. Get a GC permit needs to be pulled. In my area they really scrutinize second story decks. Its not going to be cheap. Or try doing it yourself and hope building inspector won't live up your but.
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With a good set of instructions it doesn't seem like a very hard project.
Good set of instructions is key. I built my first deck from a good set of plans and it was a very satisfying experience.

It does take a lot of work though, that quote along with "it looked so easy on HGTV" are the best
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Good set of instructions is key. I built my first deck from a good set of plans and it was a very satisfying experience.

It does take a lot of work though, that quote along with "it looked so easy on HGTV" are the best
CoCo.... You're right ....and it reminds me of a anecdote...

If I hired you (employed you) for a strange sorta job... that of you haveing to strap some 2x4's on your shoes, up here in Colorado winter, and stomp around packing down some snow,... hard tiring work while you're freezing your tail off,.... how much salary would you want......


Yet.... You'll pay Vail mountain $105 to do that job....

Just a comment that work is in how you perceive it.... and it sure can be fun and rewarding to see your results/acomplishment rather immediately and tangibly, rather then some business transaction.... and oh yea, with out a suit and tie on....

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Personally I see a lot of good wood there... Good for firewood that is.

By the way, not all decks are DIY friendly...
Before.

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99% of DIYers could not build that project.
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Robert.... I assume those pic's are an example/showpiece of your work.... and looks top quality to me.... nice work.

Just my opinion, but I don't think Ryan's (the OP) is looking/expecting for that quality, and maybe I'm over optimistic/encouraging, but I would think better than 50% of people who consider themselves DIY'ers, could blow thru that project, and 90% could labor thru it.

Now I would agree, that close to your 99% of just people, could not do it.

Bottom line, your decks look terrific... and your specialization certainly belongs in the finer end of decking.

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Of course Ryan can build a safe, code-compliant deck to replace the one he has. Take your time, be safe, do the attachment to the house right, and make sure you really understand the key steps before you do them - it can be discouraging to have to dismantle and rebuild the stairs or railing. And inspectors will make you do that.

It won't be like Robert's, but I don't think that's the goal, either.

As for 50% of self-declared DIYers being able to build Ryan's deck - I'm much less optimistic about the number - a high deck is a different animal for most folks.

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