Spring is the perfect season to install a hot tub in the yard. This turns the outdoors into a year-round entertainment spot for friends and family. Installing a deck to support the hot tub enhances the look of the yard. If you have one weekend and basic construction skills, you can build this deck and install your new hot tub.
You will need:
• Deck supports
• 6×6 timbers
• Rebar timber spikes
• Landscape marking paint
• Wood screws
• Ball pein hammer
• Sod cutter
• Vibratory plate compactor
• Work gloves
• Tape measure
Step 1: Identify an appropriate spot for the new deck. Clear the area of sod, dead brush, and other debris. Measure an area of 12×12 feet with the tape measure and use the marking paint to identify it on the ground.
Step 2: Use the spade to dig a trench for timbers used to create a retaining wall. Place one row of timbers in the trench and check them for level.
Step 3: Drill a hole near both ends of each timber. Insert timber spikes into the holes and use your ball pein hammer to hammer them into the ground. Backfill the trench dug around the timbers.
Step 4: Install three additional levels of timber, securing each with the spikes.
Step 5: Pack down dirt that will form the deck base, using the plate compactor.
Step 6: Create a second base layer by adding gravel to the area. Pack this down with the plate compactor.
Step 7: Lay the deck supports out in the dimensions of the deck and ensure these are level. If additional reinforcement is needed, install a support under the sections of the deck that will receive the most use or under the center of each tile installed in the next step.
Step 8: Place the decking tiles atop the installed supports. Use screws to secure the tiles. Screw spacer boards onto the outer frame of the supports, keeping the area flush for facia board installation. Create the spacer and facia boards from the cedar.
Step 9: Build cedar steps to create an approach to the deck or to connect this deck to your existing patio.