ANATOMY OF A DECK (Numbered parts shown in diagram)
OTHER TERMS (Not shown in diagram)
Cure: Process where concrete fully dries and hardens.
Flush: At the same level as the surrounding or adjoining surface.
Kerf: Space created by the cutting path of a saw blade.
Load: Amount of weight a deck supports. Also known as live load.
Miter: (verb) To crosscut a board at an angle other than 90 degrees. (noun) The crosscut end of a board.
On center: The distance between the center of one piece of lumber to the center of another.
Plumb: (adjective) Exactly vertical. (verb) To make exactly vertical.
Tack: Temporarily attach a piece of lumber in position.
Through post: Post that passes from a footing through the deck platform to form a support for railing, bench, or arbor.
Toenail: To drive a fastener at an angle.
The information on this page is taken directly from our printed book, Decks 1-2-3, which shows you how to design, construct and maintain your own outdoor deck. Like all our 1-2-3 series books, this handy volume contains all the knowledge you need to do the job quickly...and get it right the first time. Detailed photos and diagrams, helpful tips from the pros, and step-by-step instructions let you learn and work at your own pace—and help you avoid common mistakes in do-it-yourself projects. Pick up your own copy at your local Home Depot store or order it online.
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