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Old 09-17-2017, 03:44 PM   #46
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Thank you BC.

This has probably been the most challenging project I have undertaken since buying my house but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Everything on it meets or exceeds my local building codes. A buddy who saw it likes to joke that if there is ever a severe storm or tornado, he was coming to my house and chaining himself to my deck.

Even though it took 5 weekends to build the deck, the materials only cost approximately $1600 which saved me a minimum of $4400 over paying a contractor to build it.

It is also likely stronger than if it was built by a contractor. This stems from the fact that a contractor, in the interest of speed and convenience, would have constructed it with nail guns while I mostly used exterior screws. Using screws is extremely important in areas like the decking, balusters and rail caps.
I know DIY gives people a lot of satisfaction. Not taking away from that, did you calculate the hours spent, including getting supplies X your hourly income? I'm curious as to how it would compare, if you had worked and paid someone to do it?
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I know DIY gives people a lot of satisfaction. Not taking away from that, did you calculate the hours spent, including getting supplies X your hourly income? I'm curious as to how it would compare, if you had worked and paid someone to do it?
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I know DIY gives people a lot of satisfaction. Not taking away from that, did you calculate the hours spent, including getting supplies X your hourly income? I'm curious as to how it would compare, if you had worked and paid someone to do it?
I think I my labor hours averaged about 75 cents per hour. I just like the challenge.
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But, I fell on my sword after reading yours!

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I know DIY gives people a lot of satisfaction. Not taking away from that, did you calculate the hours spent, including getting supplies X your hourly income? I'm curious as to how it would compare, if you had worked and paid someone to do it?
No I did not calculate these variables.

In a nutshell, the minimal cost to build a deck the size of mine in my area was $6000. The home center is less than 5 miles away and since I do not like making noise before 9 am on weekends, I would go get my supplies early. By the time I got home, I had time for eat something and get setup before I had to start making noise.
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