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The Complete Guide to Decks: A Step-By-Step Manual for Building Basic and Advanced Decks The Complete Guide to Decks: A Step-By-Step Manual for Building Basic and Advanced Decks

Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 9.78 x 8.31
Publisher: Creative Publishing International; (February 1999)
ISBN: 0865731810

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Book Description: A comprehensive guide to building your basic or advanced deck. Save time and money by learning how to do-it-yourself. Features great how-to photos and concise instructions that are the hallmark of the Black & Decker line of home improvement books.

About the Author: Bryan Trandem, Executive Editor for Cpi's Home Improvement & Gardenting division, has written more than a dozen books, including Building Decks and Advanced Deck Building. He has edited another forty titles for Cpi.

Customer Reviews
Most complete guide I've seen, May 10, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Apex, NC USA
Tons of photos, very good step by step instructions. Great for the begineer to intermediate DIY'er.

However, be sure to check your local building codes before making any plans. It will save you a lot of money. This book (like most deck building books) are written with people in the North Eastern US in mind. Readers in the South East don't need such deep footers for example. It goes the other way too, the directions for attaching a deck to your home were insufficient for code in my local area.

This book, like most other deck books, focuses on tall decks and really doens't discuss much about ground level decks.

Great guide for the whole deck, October 30, 2001
Reviewer: Ryan W Day from Olathe, KS USA
This book has great step by step instructions on how to build a deck in general. It also has several start to finish guides (with good pictures) for specific kinds of decks, and the special stuff you do for those.

The one complaint I would have is that the deck was tailored to building a deck with a cantilevered beam. I was building a corner-post deck, and some of the examples didn't show both. (Some of them did, but I could have used more detail.)

I've also heard the Home Depot deck book is good.

Best of the lot. Joist the book you're looking for!!!, June 6, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Alexandria, MN USA
I checked out many books from my library (which did not have this book). This book beats all other deck books I've seen for the following good points: * Awesome pictures & drawings: B&D accomplishes with a picture what others can only do with a drawing. * Great mix of design ideas with how-to detail for each design flare. * Very complete how-to teaching style with a level suitable for beginner to advanced. * Clear, consise writing style.

B&D has fast become my favorite home improvement book source. Their advanced wiring guide is also very good!

great for begininers, May 19, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Longmont, Colorado USA
this book is great for beginners and has lots of pictures and step by step. lots of detail in this book even up to all the tools and parts you will need. im very happy with it.

The complete guide to decks, March 28, 2000
Reviewer: Andy Thomas from Pocatello, Idaho
I thought this book said it all. It delivers just what you need, for information. This book is great for the first timer and for the advanced deck builder.

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The Complete Guide to Decks: A Step-By-Step Manual for Building Basic and Advanced Decks
Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 9.78 x 8.31
Publisher: Creative Publishing International; (February 1999)
ISBN: 0865731810

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