Tom Silva attaching the ledger of an on-grade deck
Photo: David Carmack
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Be Sure the Ledger is Safe and Sound

If this weight-bearing board that connects the deck to your house isn't installed properly, your deck could collapse. It must be bolted, not nailed, to the house's structure, and fully flashed to keep the wood from rotting. Check out How to Build a Simple Deck to see Tom Silva demonstrate how to install and protect the ledger.
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