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How to build a simple wooden deck with pressure treated lumber, part 5

Last time, we looked at using hurricane brackets to hold the floor joists in place.  Now we are ready to add our 2×8 pressure-treated joists to our wooden deck.

The first thing to do is decide which edge of your joist should go on the top.  Assuming it is straight, there is often one edge on pressure treated joists that is rougher than the other, as you can see here:

You will also want to make sure that as your joists connect to the facia board in front, they are perfectly level.  Even a quarter inch here or there will be noticeable as you are laying your pressure-treated deck boards down.  Here’s a simple trick to ensure your joists all come up to the same level:

Lastly, once you have the pressure treated joists in place and tacked in at the outside edge, you are ready to use galvanized joist hangers to secure the joists to the house.  Remember that they must be galvanized joist hangers as the chemicals that leach out of pressure treated lumber will rust non-galvanized steel.  Here’s a video showing you how these go on:

That’s it for now.  Next step: laying the pressure treated deck boards!

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