Simpson Strong-Tie Supplier Gross sales Representative Andrew Slezak expended his weekends for the previous 5 months doing the job on creating the deck of his desires using our Simpson Robust-Tie components. Discover what went into his Do-it-yourself deck build and how he can not wait around to expend a lot more time outdoor this summer months.  

DIY Deck built by Simpson Strong-Tie Andew Slezak
Do it yourself Deck developed by Simpson Powerful-Tie Andew Slezak

It all begun when my fiancée, Hannah, and I moved into our new household. The outdated deck was old and required to go. As a semi-qualified Do-it-yourself weekend warrior with just one as well a lot of initiatives at a single time, I informed Hannah, “Pff, babe, it’ll just take like a weekend or two. Three weekends at the most …” Effectively, five months afterwards, I can eventually say the deck challenge was completed and Hannah is really excited.  

DIY Weekend Warrior Deck Project
Do it yourself Weekend Warrior Deck Challenge

I have been with Simpson Solid-Tie given that March of 2020 and I can genuinely say that I like being element of a firm that has excellent values, provides you a operate/everyday living stability and will make you experience like element of a group. I have acquired so a lot considering that I have been listed here and have met a good deal of fantastic individuals. As a vendor profits rep, I appreciate interacting with consumers and educating individuals about our merchandise. So I was psyched that I bought the possibility to use a broad wide variety of our merchandise for my very own deck build.

Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software™
Simpson Potent-Tie Deck Planner Software™

For planning this create, I utilised our no cost Deck Planner Software™ to consider the eyesight I had in my head and provide it to existence. I appreciated utilizing the application it was straightforward to use, and it gave me a superior plan of what I needed my deck to seem like. I also had some outdoors help as nicely from my uncle and Simpson Robust-Tie reps (many thanks, Jonathan).  

DIY Weekend Warrior Deck Build
Do it yourself Weekend Warrior Deck Build

As for the establish by itself, I fastened all of the deck boards on my deck with our Quik Drive® vehicle-feed screw driving system. I was capable to fasten down 140 square feet of deck boards although standing up within two hrs in a single weekend. Devoid of the Quik Generate, it would have been at minimum two weekends of intermittent work (let’s be actual, possibly 3).

Outdoor Accents flat T strap
Outside Accents flat T strap

For the paid out expert whose time is revenue, applying the Quik Generate is a no brainer. I used our Outside Accents® solutions, which include the attractive publish caps (APDPC), T strap (APT), L strap tie (APL), flat strap (APST), and 90° angle (APA), for some crucial link factors. The connectors produced signing up for all the things fast and quick. I also applied the deck rigidity tie (DTT2Z) to protected my guardrail article to the deck.

Outdoor Accents post base
Outside Accents put up foundation

The Out of doors Accents post bases (APB) are secured with the 5/8″ x 5″ 304SS Titen HD® bolts. One particular of the most common failure points on a deck is the guardrails, due to the fact they are just lag-bolted collectively. However, my guardrails are extremely rigid with the deck pressure tie relationship, and I totally really like it.  

Simpson Strong-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new DIY deck
Simpson Solid-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new Do it yourself deck

Now that the deck is performed, we’re excited to have so much extra outside residing area to entertain with and to appreciate. Built with Simpson Potent-Tie hardware, I know this deck is harmless, strong and created to last a prolonged time. My dad jokes about how, if a twister at any time strike the home, the house would be gone but the deck would not go. As for my next job, I have a couple in the functions. I’m performing on making a retaining wall and parking pad. But what I’m most enthusiastic about constructing is a sustainable butterfly garden. So stay tuned! 

Writer: Andrew Slezak

Andrew Slezak is a household supplier agent at Simpson Sturdy-Tie. He is also a Do-it-yourself Weekend Warrior who operates on Do it yourself and house improvement projects on the weekend.
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