How To Lay Out Deck Stringers

Installing a deck to the side of your house is a quick and easy way to increase the working space in your house. You can add a couch, a few chairs and tables, or even a barbecue grill on the deck. When you eventually decide to sell your house, the deck can also add value to your house.

To create a deck in your house, you need to have a good and well supported deck stringer. The deck stringer is essentially the wood where the joists will be fitted, and is attached directly onto the side of your house. Here are some steps that you need to consider when laying out the deck stringers.

  • Consider the quality and thickness of the stringer. Before anything else, you need to make sure that the deck stringer is made from high quality wood. The best types of wood that you can use as a deck stringer are lumber pieces that have been pressure treated. The pressure treatment will make the piece of wood more water resistant. Because the deck is exposed to the elements, the additional protection of pressure treated lumber will make for a deck that will last a longer time. Keep in mind, however, that these pressure treated wood pieces are a bit more expensive than ordinary lumber. Apart from the quality of the wood, also make sure that the deck stringer is thick enough to carry and bear the weight of the joists and the deck flooring that will be attached to it.
  • Consider the fitting. Next, you will need to make sure that the deck stringer can attach completely to the side of your home. There should be no bumps or holes in the side of your home that can prevent the deck stringer from being attached perfectly. A hole can prevent you from adding in additional nails to support the stringer, which means that the stability of the deck will be impaired. A bump, on the other hand, will create a space between the side of the house and the deck stringer, which will allow water to seep into the side of the house and the stringer.
  • Prepare the ground underneath. Next, make sure that you even out the soil that will go underneath the deck. The soil needs to be flattened so that the posts that will support the rest of the deck will have something firm to hold on to. As much as possible, you should also add a layer of gravel on the soil, so that it will keep erosion from occurring underneath the deck. Remember that it is best to work on the soil before the deck is constructed. Once the deck is constructed, you will have limited space to work on the soil.
  • Laying out the joists. Finally, measure the places in the deck stringer where the joists will be attached. Use a piece of chalk to mark where the joists will be attached. Make sure that there are enough joists to bear the weight of the deck flooring, and make sure that the deck stringer is strong and thick enough to support the weight of the joists.

With these considerations in mind, you should be able to lay the deck stringers easily. By carefully planning on where you will put the deck stringers, you will have a strong and stable deck that will last many years.


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