Back Yard Ideas: How To Build A Deck
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Back Yard Ideas: How To Build A Deck

Learn step by step how to build a deck from start to finish.
4.1 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,027 students enrolled
Created by Duane Norland
Last updated 4/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Feel confident that they posses all of the required knowledge to build their own deck from start to finish.
  • use all of the tools utilized in this course with confidence
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  • Everything is covered in this courses and there is no prior knowledge necessary.
  • Although nothing but a pen and some paper is required to take this course, students will need access to some tools in order to build their own deck
  • These tools include: a hammer, a nail puller, a tape measure, a pencil, a circular saw, a 6" square, a 24" square, a level, a chalk line, a drill and safety glasses.

This course will teach you how to build a deck the proper way. You will learn methods that professional carpenters use when building their own decks along with some secret tips that I will share to make the building process run more smoothly.

I cover the entire process, including:

  • proper methods for supporting your deck
  • how to secure your deck to your house
  • framing for strength
  • laying the deck boards
  • how to build proper rails

Requirements For Taking This Course

There are no requirements apart from having a pen and some paper handy for note-taking

This course consists of 14 videos totaling over 45 minutes as well as a downloadable PDF that you can use for reference.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course covers all aspects of building a deck with no details left out. Therefore it is appropriate for all levels of skill.
  • All of the steps involved with building a deck are discussed in detail and some useful tips are included that even professionals may not be aware of
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Curriculum For This Course
2 Lectures 06:41

This lecture gives a short introduction to who I am and why you can trust me.

Preview 01:42

This lecture consists of a brief overview listing all of the tools that you will need in order to build your deck as well as describing some basic skills that will be used during the building process.

Preview 04:59
Deck Preparation
2 Lectures 04:26

This lecture discusses where you can find out whether or not a building permit is required in your area in order to build a deck. It also points out the importance of having buried utilities located in order to avoid contact with them when digging.

Preview 02:01

This lecture discusses how to properly mark out the location of your deck and the support posts.

Preview 02:25
Support System
4 Lectures 07:38

This lecture discusses the installation of your deck's ledger board.

Ledger Board

This lecture describes how to use concrete post holders if you live in a warm climate.

Concrete Post Holders

This lecture describes how to create concrete piles to support your posts if you live in a colder climate.

Using Piles To Support Your Posts

This lecture describes how to determine your post height and how to attach your support beams.

Place Support Posts And Beams

Preparation And Support System
3 questions
Framing Your Deck
1 Lecture 02:16

This lecture describes the proper framing techniques involved with building a strong deck.

Framing The Joists

This quiz will test your knowledge about framing your deck.

Deck Framing
3 questions
Topping Your Deck
2 Lectures 05:43

This lecture describes how to install wooden deck boards.

Wooden Deck Boards

This lecture describes how to install composite deck boards.

Composite Deck Boards
Stairs And rails
2 Lectures 17:56

This lecture describes how to build a strong set of stairs for your deck.

Building Stairs

This lecture describes how to build a sturdy rail system.

Building Rails
1 Lecture 02:12

This lecture provides a recap of the deck building process.

About the Instructor
Duane Norland
3.5 Average rating
36 Reviews
2,296 Students
3 Courses
Journeyman carpenter, Licensed Contractor, Home Improvement

I have been a carpenter for over 30 years and still get fired up when I strap on my belt.

I have seen a lot of mistakes over the years and they all boil down to a lack of knowledge. I am here to share that knowledge.

Check out all of my Udemy courses to find the one that pertains to your new project.

I live in central Alberta, Canada with my beautiful wife and our 2 sons. I have been a carpenter for over 30 years and have done everything imaginable from building entire houses from the ground up to doing all types of renovations.

With all of the DIY information available today on the internet, far too many people are taking it upon themselves to do their own home improvements. Although there are a lot of small projects that could be satisfactorily completed after simply watching a Youtube video, there are far more that require expertise and knowledge in order to do the job properly and safely.

Even small projects can cause serious and expensive consequences if a single factor is overlooked. I have witnessed major mistakes over the years that ended up costing more money to repair than the original project would have cost if done properly by a professional. The home owners thought that they were going to save some money by tackling these jobs themselves, but they ended up spending way more to have their mistakes fixed.

Don't fall into this trap. Always know exactly how to complete a job before attempting any home improvement project, no matter how small or how easy it seems.

I was bitten by the carpenter bug early in life

My father left my family when I was only 8 years old. As I grew and tried to build things as young boys do, I found it difficult. I was definitely lacking some basic skills that normally get passed down by your father. I couldn't help wondering about the possibilities that would be available if I had that knowledge.

Luckily, my dad's older brother Marvin was the head of the carpenters' union in Sarnia, Ontario. I joined when I was 18 and began the apprenticeship program. My first job was with a company called RKR Construction in London, Ontario. We were building a 48 unit apartment complex. At first I was completely overwhelmed. There were about 20 carpenters on site and at any given time, there were 5-10 separate projects all going on at once. I still remember my first day. I showed up with a hammer, a square, a tape measure and a pencil. I didn't even have a tool belt.

Due to my lack of experience, I was given mostly labour jobs at first. As time went on and I started learning things though, I was given more and more responsibility and really grew to love carpentry.

RKR went on to other projects, mostly building houses. The process was basically always the same. Build the foundation, put on the first floor, build the walls, build the roof, and finally install the windows and doors. That was all we did. We left the rest to individual specialists. We got good and we got fast. A crew of 4 could put up a house in a month. As time went on, I found a higher paying job with Robert Syndvic Contracting back in Sarnia. I worked with him until the end of my journeyman training, also taking on small projects on my own (garages, sheds, fences, minor renovations).

When I was 26 I moved to High Prairie, Alberta and started my own company. Since then, my career has taken off. We handle residential construction, mostly building new houses. We also handle garages, decks, roof repairs, siding, renovations of all types, fences and even the odd tool shed and ice fishing hut. Over the years I have also picked up quite a bit of knowledge about wiring, plumbing and heating.

My main skills involve framing, shingling, siding, drywall and drywall mudding. It's been over 30 years since I first joined the carpenters' union and got my first real taste of what was to become my lifelong journey. I haven't regretted it for a minute.