how to measure wood for a deck

In addition to measuring the area of the deck you should also measure how much lumber will be needed for stairs. It’s a good idea to order 10% additional lumber to account for waste and off-cuts. Also don’t forget to order enough fasteners for your project such as a hidden fastener or stainless/coated screws. 【Get Price】

Measure the length of your deck to determine how much lumber you’ll need for the rail. Depending on how high the deck sits from the ground you’ll likely need the rail to be at least 3-feet high. To determine how many posts (also known as balusters or spindles) you’ll need to support your railing confirm the minimum spacing required to ... 【Get Price】

3. Refer to the plans for joist size and placement. Decks traditionally have 2-by-6 joists spread out 12 inches on-center from each other across the width of the deck but the exact dimensions of ... 【Get Price】

This will help you visualize the deck’s support system once constructed. As a general rule footers are spaced 4-8 feet apart but this can vary depending on the size of your deck and strength of the footers so do your homework. Hammer wood stakes into the ground where footers will be dug measuring as you go. 【Get Price】