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Product Details

  • Series: Home Depot ... 1-2-3
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Home Depot; illustrated edition edition (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696211858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696211850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bisaga VINE VOICE on August 10, 2005
This is quite simply an excellent book on deck building. I have read many, and overall I think it is the best. It is probably best for those of intermediate skill level (those they call "handy" in their 3-level self-rating scale) because my guess is that people with absolutely no construction or design knowledge probably won't find enough information to really understand what the structural issues are. For example, the joist/beam/post spacing tables are rather sparse: enough information to do the calculations if you know what you're doing, but probably difficult to figure out if you don't.

However, for many of us, it's just the thing. One of my favorite parts is all the Work Smart hints scattered throughout the book. These are tips from pro builders giving ideas and information that us non-pro wouldn't know. There are even tips in there about what to do if you make a mistake in building.

The pictures are great too, better than any other deck building book I've used. This is where the book really shines. They give you step-by-step instructions with full pictures of several different decks under construction. The concrete pouring sequence alone is worth the price of the book.

Despite all the tools they list that are mentioned in a previous review, it seems pretty honest to me: for example, they tell you, under mixing your own concrete: Pros don't mix their own concrete, they get trucks to deliver it. Pretty good, considering that Home Depot sells concrete mix and all the tools required to mix it yourself!

The only major thing I can think of that it doesn't cover is composite decking materials. These are all the rage nowadays, of course, but they require some changes in design. It would be nice to have information on these changes, and hopefully future editions will have this information.

Overall, an excellent book, and well worth its price.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Metcalf on September 14, 2002
Wonderful reference book. I had little experience building anything, and I built myself a deck with this book. I learned as much from studying the photographs as from the text. Hihgly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JoseMonkey on December 26, 2002
If you only buy one book, buy 'Decks 1-2-3' from the Home Depot series. This book tells you darn near everything you will need to know to build a deck. Their attempts to sell you every tool imaginable are pretty transparent -- there are several pages devoted to listing the "essential" tools, all of which are conveniently available for purchase at your nearest Home Depot. However, the technical descriptions of the construction tasks are clearly illustrated and explained, and that's really what matters.
I recently built a wooden deck in my backyard. For other suggestions and review, check out my 'So you'd like to...' guide.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on May 21, 2001
The latest in Home Depot's how-to series, Decks 1-2-3 really delivers the goods! Being the visual learner that I am, I was very impressed with the amount of helpful photos in the book, showing the homeowner how to plan, organize, and carry through the installation of a deck for their home.
Not only do the editors provide the homeowner with simple steps and checklists for the project, but they also provide designer tips and a skill scale to give you an idea of what you're in for before you plunge right in with one of their projects.
Well organized and very well illustrated, this one's already taken its place beside the others on the shelf in my Home Depot library.
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A BIG BOX BUILDING BOOK, Clear and explicit. Lots of photos. Words a non-professional can understand. Realistic cutting angles (not "12.36degrees" but all basics like 45 and 90. Data tables that make sense. Tool lists and explanations. This book was filled with confidence-building insights. Now I can get out there and build Build BUILD!
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this book was very nice. great picture and detail special for someone who use to just slap thing together. this book is great for the old time builder and the new guy who wants to look like they know what they are doing. you won't regret buying this book.
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By B Rad on June 26, 2013
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This edition is 12 years old so there is not a lot of information about composites and hidden fasteners. If you are not looking for any of that this is a great reference for the DIYer
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I am a picture person, and this book provided ample pictures on the various steps to build a deck along with easy to understand instructions.
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