Video: Building a Ground Level Deck
We found this great video where a small team builds a ground level deck in Pennsylvania. This is a great example that demonstrates what you can expect when you have your deck or porch built.
How to Build a Ground Level Deck
Here are some of the notes from the video about building a ground level deck for you to keep in mind:
- The first step is removing any existing obstacles. In this case, concrete has to be broken up and removed.
- To install the posts, they used a fluorescent marker paint to mark a 10-12” diameter hole. They use a spud bar to break up the ground and a posthole digger to remove the dirt.
- Concrete mix goes in each hole to make a foundation for the posts.
- They used a builder’s level to set equal elevation for all the posts.
- 2’x8’ treated lumber is used for all of the outside bands, set in place with nails. Lag screws and washers are added later for extra support.
- Once the bands are set, the holes where the posts are set get filled with the loose dirt that was removed.
- Landscape fabric goes down to block vegetation from growing under the deck. A trench is dug that will help to remove water from the rainspout.
- Joists are 2’x8’ treated wood and put 16” on center.
- 3/8” diameter galvanized leg screws and washers are installed for extra support.
- Galvanized joist hangers are used to support the ends of the joists and both side of the center beam.
- 4” PVC drain pipe gets slide under the deck through the trench dug earlier, fitted to the drain spout to direct water away from the home.
- 5 more foundation holes are dug to support the stairs, and a special treated, ground contact board is used for the front riser.
- Border pieces are cut and fit into place around the ends of the deck.
- The main deck boards are fitted and cut to run a staggered pattern on the joist layout.
Each of the decking boards get two screws into each joist.
- The boards are still moist when you purchase them, so if you install them next to each other they’ll dry and end up with a suitable gap in between.
That’s how to build a ground level deck!
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