Simpson Strong-Tie Dealer Sales Agent Andrew Slezak expended his weekends for the earlier 5 months functioning on developing the deck of his dreams working with our Simpson Potent-Tie components. Master what went into his Do-it-yourself deck build and how he just cannot wait around to devote a lot more time outdoors this summer time.  

DIY Deck built by Simpson Strong-Tie Andew Slezak
Do-it-yourself Deck created by Simpson Strong-Tie Andew Slezak

It all commenced when my fiancée, Hannah, and I moved into our new household. The outdated deck was old and necessary to go. As a semi-qualified Do-it-yourself weekend warrior with just one way too a lot of projects at a person time, I advised Hannah, “Pff, babe, it’ll just take like a weekend or two. Three weekends at the most …” Well, 5 months later, I can at last say the deck undertaking was concluded and Hannah is extremely excited.  

DIY Weekend Warrior Deck Project
Do it yourself Weekend Warrior Deck Project

I have been with Simpson Sturdy-Tie due to the fact March of 2020 and I can definitely say that I like currently being portion of a firm that has fantastic values, presents you a perform/lifestyle stability and would make you feel like component of a local community. I have uncovered so much since I have been in this article and have satisfied a whole lot of wonderful men and women. As a seller profits rep, I enjoy interacting with consumers and educating folks about our merchandise. So I was energized that I obtained the prospect to use a large wide variety of our solutions for my have deck create.

Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software™
Simpson Sturdy-Tie Deck Planner Software™

For planning this develop, I applied our free of charge Deck Planner Software™ to just take the eyesight I had in my head and deliver it to life. I appreciated employing the program it was effortless to use, and it gave me a superior plan of what I wished my deck to seem like. I also had some outdoors support as nicely from my uncle and Simpson Sturdy-Tie reps (thanks, Jonathan).  

DIY Weekend Warrior Deck Build
Do it yourself Weekend Warrior Deck Develop

As for the construct itself, I mounted all of the deck boards on my deck with our Quik Drive® automobile-feed screw driving technique. I was equipped to fasten down 140 sq. ft of deck boards when standing up in just two hrs in a person weekend. Without having the Quik Generate, it would have been at least two weekends of intermittent get the job done (let us be authentic, possibly three).

Outdoor Accents flat T strap
Outside Accents flat T strap

For the paid out professional whose time is cash, employing the Quik Travel is a no brainer. I used our Outside Accents® solutions, such as the ornamental write-up caps (APDPC), T strap (APT), L strap tie (APL), flat strap (APST), and 90° angle (APA), for some significant relationship details. The connectors manufactured joining anything brief and quick. I also applied the deck rigidity tie (DTT2Z) to protected my guardrail put up to the deck.

Outdoor Accents post base
Out of doors Accents put up foundation

The Outdoor Accents article bases (APB) are secured with the 5/8″ x 5″ 304SS Titen HD® bolts. A person of the most widespread failure points on a deck is the guardrails, simply because they’re just lag-bolted together. Nonetheless, my guardrails are very rigid with the deck stress tie link, and I absolutely enjoy it.  

Simpson Strong-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new DIY deck
Simpson Strong-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new Do it yourself deck

Now that the deck is performed, we’re energized to have so a lot far more outside residing space to entertain with and to love. Designed with Simpson Robust-Tie components, I know this deck is risk-free, sturdy and built to very last a extended time. My father jokes about how, if a twister at any time strike the property, the property would be long gone but the deck would not go. As for my upcoming task, I have a several in the will work. I’m functioning on making a retaining wall and parking pad. But what I’m most thrilled about developing is a sustainable butterfly backyard. So continue to be tuned! 

Author: Andrew Slezak

Andrew Slezak is a residential seller representative at Simpson Potent-Tie. He is also a Do-it-yourself Weekend Warrior who is effective on Diy and property improvement jobs on the weekend.
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