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Tom and Norm Build a Small Deck

Tom Silva and Norm Abram team up to make quick work of framing a small deck. Did the chisel come out of Norm's pouch? Of course it did

What do you get when you put a stack of pressure-treated lumber in front of two highly skilled carpenters? In this case, a simple deck built with efficiency and ease. Both Norm and Tom illustrate the basic techniques for framing a deck, including how to properly attach the ledger to the house and how to support the opposite end using pressure-treated posts. Using a simple bubble-style level, the two create the perfect pitch so that the deck will shed water. They also explain why they're using 2x12 over such a short span. Hint: it has nothing to do with increasing the structure's load-bearing capacity.