DIY Deck Installation Series

Jim Mallery

We put together this series of deck articles to help you get the most out of your old home. Written by our experts, these articles explore a range of deck issues, from restoration and repair to demolition and new construction. Click on any article title to learn more.

replace deckDeck Check: Is It Time to Restore Your Wood Deck?

Learn how to evaluate your deck and determine what, if any, repairs need to be made.





deck repair toolsTools for Repairing a Wood Deck

Find out exactly what hardware you’ll need to get your deck back into top shape.





replace deck boardHow to Replace Boards on Your Wood Deck

Get instructions and advice on how to perform some of the simpler deck repairs.





deck joistReplacing a Deck Joist

If your deck has bad joists, this article offers tips on partial and total joist replacements.





deck demolitionRemoving a Wood Deck — Backyard Demolition

Let us help you “plan your attack” with these helpful tips for effective demolition.





wood deck materialsWood Decks or Composite Decks? A Comparison

If you’re planning to build a new deck, learn the pros and cons of composite materials.





planning a deckGreat Deck Designs Require Planning

Find out what details you need to figure out before you begin building a new deck.





deck joistsDeck Construction: Installing Joists

As you begin your deck construction, read this article to get tips on how to properly install joists.





fasten boards to joistsHow to Fasten Deck Boards to a Joist System

Featuring final instructions on deck construction, this article is a must-read, even if you are hiring a deck contractor.





About the Author

Jim Mallery, a semi-retired journalist and onetime registered contractor, has extensive experience remodeling, repairing, and rebuilding homes.

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