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Decks
"Installing a deck may be the most cost-efficient way to add square footage to your house, and of all the outdoor home improvements except painting, it may be the most reliable value. Decks average $6,304 and generally recoup 104% of their value. That may not sound terribly impressive, but other touted outdoor improvements fare much worse."
--SmartMoney.com
   June 2004

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"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." -John Ruskin

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For the purposes of clarifying any "Deal" or coupon:
A "Deck" or "New Deck Installation" is defined by anything that is over 200 sf. and includes stairs and railing. Anything less may be defined as a Porch, Platform, Stoop or landing. Furthermore, sf. rates are higher for smaller items to cover set up costs; standard volume discounts on sf. rates apply to larger structures on top of any "Deals" or coupons.

 

 

 






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  • Custom Deckworks never uses "joist hangers". We also don't "toe-nail" our joists to the bands. We use "pressure blocks".

Weathered Joist Hanger
Weathered Joist Hanger

Joists hangers rust and can allow unwanted movement of the joist. Also, joist hangers only come galvanized. As we stated earlier about the nails, with the new ACQ lumber, these fasteners would need to be "Hot-Dipped galvanized" or, not only can they rust over a period of years, they may now corrode over a period of months! They are typically installed with very small nails and are difficult to place correctly. Because of the varying widths of lumber, using joist hangers can cause the joists to be installed at different heights and produce a "wavy effect" across the deck floor.

Deck Fram Diagram
Deck Frame Diagram

Pressure Blocks, on the other hand, tie everything together and prevent any movement of all framing members, provide more nailing opportunities and frankly, look neater.

  • When setting the support posts for a deck, never allow them to simply be set upon blocks.

Full Post In Concrete
Full Post Concreted In Ground

Treated lumber has a tendency to warp and twist over time as it dries out and must be secured at every opportunity. Even “deck blocks” can be moved by a twisting post and the earth is easily washed out from under them.

We set every "full" post in concrete. We dig a hole in the ground, pack a rock or a block down in the bottom of the hole, set the post and fill the hole with concrete. This way the post is secured by the earth and protected by the concrete. No dirt should touch the post. The concrete is mounded-up to allow for water to flow away from the post. We also pre-mix the concrete in a wheel barrow. Contractors that pour dry concrete in the hole and add water run the risk of "dry pockets" that can cause the footing to fail. I can't stress enough how much it is NOT ok to pour dry concrete!

Lag Screwed Frame
Lag Screwed Frame

Our posts are secured in three locations: The ground with concrete, the frame of the deck with lag screws and the handrail. When a post must set upon an existing concrete slab, there are several ways to bolt the post to the slab to prevent movement. "Deck blocks" are never acceptable. We do not give the posts a chance to warp or twist.

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Update: 2012

Arkansas Code § 17-25-501 thru 17-25-515. Act 1208 of 2011 Summary:

ANYONE performing work at a Residence, when the project is $2,000 or more, labor & material,

IS required to have a license from the Contractors Licensing Board

starting January 1, 2012!

 

In most cases this does not apply to the Homeowners doing work themselves.

But if you hire someone to build your deck that does NOT have a license,

you may be breaking the law and will have very limited recourse in the event of a dispute.

If they don't have a REAL license, DON'T HIRE THEM!

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