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Don't Overload It

Most decks are designed to support 60 pounds per square foot, which includes the weight of the deck (called the "dead load") as well as people and furniture (the "live load"). If you host huge bashes, or want to add a hot tub or heavy planters, you'll need to beef up your deck's supporting structure for safety's sake.
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