An economy under duress has led many people to adjust their entertainment budgets. More people are opting to stay at home rather than dine out regularly or go on lavish vacations. Adding a hot tub to the backyard turns the home into more of an entertainment area. The area looks attractive and is easily accessed when a deck is installed that supports the tub.
You will need:
• 6×6 timbers
• Deck supports
• Rebar timber spikes
• Wood screws
• Landscape marking paint
• Ball peen hammer
• Sod cutter
• Vibratory plate compactor
• Tape measure
• Work gloves
Step 1: Determine the location for the deck and remove dead brush from around this area. Use the tape measure to measure a 12×12 foot area, marking it with the marking paint.
Step 2: Create a small retaining wall by digging a trench for the timbers with the spade. Put the first row of timbers into the trench and ensure they are level.
Step 3: Drill holes into the timber and insert a timber spike into each hole. Hammer in the spikes with the ball pein hammer. Backfill the trench around these timbers.
Step 4: Add three more levels of timber and secure these with the timber spikes.
Step 3: Use the plate compactor to pack down the dirt that forms the base.
Step 4: Insert a gravel layer to form the second base. Use the plate compactor on this to pack down the gravel.
Step 5: Lay out deck supports where the new deck will be. Ensure that they are level. To provide additional support, use a support under the center of each tile or under each section that will receive more use.
Step 6: Put decking tiles on top of the supports and secure each tile with screws. Screw spacer board to the outer frame of these supports. This keeps the area flush for insertion of facia board. (Use the cedar to create the facia and spacer boards.)
Step 8: Create cedar steps connecting the deck to an existing patio.