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Old 09-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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want to build 10x16 deck with ramp


Next time I have a few days off in a row I want to build a deck on my shed with a ramp going down the lowest side. Im nor sure if I want to attach it to the shed or not yet. I'm leaning towards free standing to maybe avoid removing the siding from the shed. If I go free standing I'd still like to attach it to the shed somehow so that over time a gap between the doors and deck wont appear. Any ideas/opinions on this? This will be my first time ever building a deck so pointers are welcome.

I plan to use 4x4s since its only gonna be about 3' off the ground at the highest point. Should I use 6x6s? How do you guys notch the 4xs/6xs to lay the 2x6 across? Would a sawzall work or is there something easier?

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Download this: www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf It will answer a lot of questions you may have. As for notching the posts, I use a circular saw for most of the cutting, and finish up with a hand saw. It's a lot easier to get straight cuts that way than with a Sawzall (at least for me).

Around here, if any portion of a deck is more than 30 inches off the ground, a railing is required.

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back for another project I see

did you ever post any final photos of your deck?
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back for another project I see

did you ever post any final photos of your deck?
I think I did. This time its all on me. I want to learn how to do it myself so I don't have to pay anyone.
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Should I use 6x6 posts? I have decided to go free standing with 8 total posts (4 right up against shed and 4 more about 8-10' out. I'm leaning toward 8' now just to have less cuts when hanging the joists.
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Another quick question. Should I use bigger than 2x6 joists? I'll be driving my riding mower on the deck but its not real crazy heavy (I can lift the back tires off the ground by hand).
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Considering the small cost difference, I'd go with 2x8 joists. Overkill? Perhaps, but why be sorry later that you didn't do it?
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I keep walking around home depot and stopping at the concrete tubes and can't help to think that they may be the easiest thing to use to build this deck. What do you guys think? I have never used them before and am wondering how i'de attach the rim boards to them but I think that they would be easier to make level on the hill I am building on since I can just bury them all a certain depth and then bust out the string level and cut the cardboard down to where its level, fill with concrete and be done....
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Would 3 posts across for a 16' wide deck be enough? 6 posts all together with 2x8 joists.

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