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Old 05-20-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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My husband likes to think he is handy. We have not been married long and we always lived in apartments so I have not really seen this side of him. He wants to build our deck. He says he has built four before and his uncle who used to do it professionally said he would help him. How long would a reasonable amount of time to be to build a build a 12 x16 deck without stairs (but comes off our second level)?

Also, I want a compost deck. I just read a bunch of bad stuff about Trex with it molding and bubbling. I live in Minnesota on a pound the deck wont be covered. Anyone have any recommendations?

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Old 05-20-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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day one-dig holes--wait for inspector to check holes
day two -pour concrete

day three--build frame-

day four--add deck boards

days 5 and 6--add hand rails.

day seven---BBQ

This is the usual time for a weekend warrior--some are much much faster. Others--not so fast.

Any of the new PVC deck boards are nice--I used Azek on a project last month---Pricy but very nice.

Trex looks hellish after a few years-----Mike---

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a deck that size may take a few days if 2 guys work on it. Maybe 2 weekends or so if at least one of them knows what they are doing. As for the composite decking, I personally would not waste my money. You can buy Mahogany or Ipe, both beautiful woods that will last many years with proper maintenance. Composite is NOT maintence free. It may last forever, but that does not mean it will look nice forever. It gets mold, especially near a pond or in the shade. It can also get stained. Wood can be sanded or refinished years down the road and can look new again. Composite can be washed with special chemicals made for this decking but after years it will not look the same.
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Check with your local jurisdiction to see if it is legal for your hubby to build a deck on this scale. I would also suggest you schedule a girls weekend out for the time hubby decides to build.

I'm the DIYer in my house, but my husband is very handy and likes to get his hands dirty. Because of my experience, I CANNOT stand to watch him work. It makes me CRAZY.
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id give him a year...we husbands gotta stick together
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id give him a year...we husbands gotta stick together
Haha.

And yes, I should prob not be around when he works. I nit-pick. I read somewhere it takes 100 hours to build. So I was thinking it would be a month. My Father Inlaw said it could only take a day once the posts are in....but to give him a couple weekends

Hubby is a teacher and the person helping him is retired so they should have lots of time come the end of June.
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I did an 8' deck that wrapped around my sunroom
Squared off maybe 16x16
It took about a month of weekends, without pushing it
--I was working on the sunroom still while starting the deck
2 people would go faster
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Does your husband have the necessary tools? And a set of plans (will need one for the permit). Does he know the basics of construction - even the best plans don't cover everything. My wife and I built our own log house and if I had not had a lot of prior DIY experience with framing, flooring, installing windows and doors, etc., we could never have done it with just the plans. As a simple example, the plans specified the rise and run dimensions for the stairs but provided no instructions for laying out and cutting the stringers.
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Haha.

And yes, I should prob not be around when he works. I nit-pick.

no be around every day while he's doing it...why should he get off easy

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