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My stepfather needed a deck at his duplex that wasn't permanent, and was relatively cheap.
I put this together in a couple of hours for about a hundred dollars.

Step 1: Design

Pretty basic, a square frame with 2x6s, this one is 8x8. We used 2x4s to cover it just because they were cheaper, but generally one would use 5/4 x 6s. Use something to space the boards evenly, I used the flat end of a carpenters pencil.

Step 2: Placement

I used flat garden stones under each corner to make it level.
That's about it, it works well, and is quick and fairly inexpensive.
Thanks for reading.
<p>Just finished making the deck. The cost was less then $200. Contractor wanted to charge me $800 to build it. I over engineered the frame since I am putting a 2,500 pound hot tub on top of the deck. Made the deck 81 inches by 84 inches.</p>
<p>Does instructables only allow a few steps? Both tutorials on floating decks are quite short and uninformative for the first timer. These were good starters, but hardly instructable to be honest.</p>
<p>I am a first timer making decks. The plans seemed straight forward to me. Built it to my specifications and a lot stronger then TimBTodd did since a hot tub is going on top. </p>
There just isn't much to it.
<p>Looks easy to build to me. How much space do you give between each board on top? I will probably use more bricks and boards for the inside frame to support a 2,500 pound hot tub.</p>
My wife and I are looking at options for a ground level (floating) deck. My concern is the opportunity for frost heaving the deck blocks over time. Has anyone experienced this issue?
<p>Will this deck hold a 2,500 pound Hot Tub? This is exactly the deck I want to build. I'm going to make it 8 foot x 8 foot like the specs. The Hot Tub is 34&quot;H x 78&quot; W x 78&quot; D. The Hot Tub weighs 425 pounds empty and with 242 Gallons of water it will weight 2,500 pounds. </p>
<p>Could something like this be built to place an above ground pool on? our backyard has a slope and this seems easier than trying to level the ground where we do not plan to permanently reside. the size of the pool is 16x48</p>
<p>Absolutely.</p>
&nbsp;Hey Tim, so now that its been about a year, how is this thing holding up? I am likely going to do something similar, not sure if i'm going to stick with 2x4's tho unless they are really cheap.&nbsp;
It's held up just fine. Wood's not rotten. If the deck boards are close to the same price, I'd go with those. <br />
Wow! I can't build stuff but I&nbsp;could get some lawn guy types around here, who come cheaper than real carpenters, to build one. Question: Is the wood treated for rot-proofing? (I forgot what they call that kind of wood. Treated vs. untreated, or something.) and how will it withstand rain generally--would you use deck-stain on it? I live on the 3rd coast (i.e. near Gulf of Mexico) and there's a lot of rainfall. We can't keep any wooden patio furniture outside. <br />
Deck wood is pressure treated, but you'd likely need to buy some water-proofer or deck stain or something. <br />
&nbsp;How did you bolt the frame together?<br /> What supports the weight at the center?
&nbsp;Somehow I forgot to add that there are cross braces, three of them I believe. The same wood used for the outer frame. The frame is just connected with deck bolts.

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