Free Deck Plans
and Ideas from
the pages of Popular Mechanics Magazine
||Here are deck plans, ideas
and safety hints that you can use on your new deck.
Build A Backyard Pool Deck
It's easy to see why above-ground pools are so popular: They're
affordable, quick and easy to install and require minimal
maintenance. However, to get the most enjoyment out of your
above-ground pool you need a wood deck that surrounds it. Not
only will you never again have to climb a pool ladder, but a
deck will also create a fun-in-the-sun gathering place for
family and friends. It gives you a place to swim, sunbathe, dine
at poolside or just visit.
DIY Deck Safety Inspection
There are about 40 million
wooden decks in the United States, many of them 20 or more years
old, according to the North American Deck and Railing
Association. While these structures don't collapse every day,
when they do, people can be injured or killed. A simple
inspection and some corrective carpentry can prevent most of
How to Build Your Own Deck Stairs in 3
From a technical standpoint, there s nothing particularly
difficult about building stairs for a
deck, porch or shed.
Anyone with basic carpentry skills can make the cuts and put
'em together. But stairs are arguably the most challenging
task DIYers will ever attempt.
Over the years, Popular Mechanics Magazine has featured a
variety of backyard building, home improvement and woodwork
projects as feature articles.
Now, they offer many of the best projects on their website.
These in-depth articles are illustrated with plans, photos and
detailed isometric views. They follow the building from the
planning stage through final finishing. So, they are
step-by-step guides that will help you build the perfect