TOOLS:                                                                                                                                                                                      SHOVEL, WHEEL BARREL, STRING, PLUMBBOB, SQUARE, 5 GAL BUCKET, HAMMER SCREW GUN, MITER SAW, DRILL PRESS, I USED A NAIL GUN, LOTS OF STAKES, SKILL SAW, SAWS ALL, DRILL, PAINT BRUSH, 2 WRENCHES, LEVEL, WATER LEVEL IS BEST, STRING LEVEL, ,,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so this instructable will cost you around $15,000  if you have to purchase all materials, I'll try to get all materials right here, with approx. footage..  concrete 200 90lb bags, sonotube, 3 - 6x12x24  girders ( beams) 3 - 4x6x16 posts , 12 - 4x4x8 posts, 32 - 2x12x16 joists, redwood decking, 48 3/4" nuts,98 washers, 4 - 8' sticks of all thread , 24- 10' sticks of galvanized pipe 1/2",  pressure treating adhesive 4 cans, steel plates for post to girder connections, simpson concrete ties for footings, 50lb box 3in. gal. hot dip nails, box of deck screws, couple cans spray paint,                                                                                                             

Step 1: getting started

ok it took me by my self nearly two days to lay out and square up the strings to mark my footings.   Once you get it all square dig the furthest corners first, set the sonotube hanging in the hole up off the bottom of the ground about 1 ft. so the concrete sluffs out as a footing then before it sets up push your simpson tie into concrete, level it make sure its still square with the rest.     then hang the girder from corner to corner then you can hang a string down from girder to mark the rest of your footings exactly.
For maximum strength and durability, the posts and the railing posts should be one and the same
yes that's very true but in this case they were 4x6 and <br>I wanted more deck space. the posts have 4 through bolts in both directions they are sound.
Did you end up cutting off the uneven ends of the boards hanging over the right side?<br/>
yes I did
Great parties in the woods you will enjoy !

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