for each post, notch the decking so the longer 2x4 can attach tight to the joist. position the post with the short boards resting on top of the decking. hold the post plumb, drive pilot holes, and attach with lag screws or carriage bolts.
the wall leg is at least 7 in. tall. this may seem excessively tall but is needed in order for the water-resistive barrier wrb and siding to overlap the top. the decking is usually 1 in. thick and some siding types require there be a 2 in. air space between the decking surface and bottom of the siding course.
the deck ledger to the house is an unusual connection in home building. most house framing relies on building elements floors, walls, roofs being stacked one atop another. a ledger relies on the fasteners and strength of the wood ledger board and rim board of the house to carry the deck live
for example, the step-clip system from duralife is designed to not only attach quickly and easily to a framing joist, it also provides a precise, uniformed space between each composite deck board. this relieves the need to install plugs and pre-spaces boards in a way that has shown to reduce install times by as much as 50% for both experienced builders and novice diyers.
if your deck boards fit perfectly on your decking without having to trim any down then start laying them by the house. if your deck boards need to be trimmed down, use a hand saw or circular saw.
building a wood deck makes a great diy project for your home. here are some tips when laying the deck boards. when using pressure treated wood thats still saturated with preservative, install the boards without a gap between them. as the wood dries, it will shrink, leaving a small gap between each board.
ungrooved installation step 1. you should lay your composite boards down starting from the edge of your decking frame. step 2. slide your next board into place, ensuring its perfectly parallel to the first. step 3. you may need to trim your final board to fit perfectly on your deck frame.