Simpson Solid-Tie Vendor Income Representative Andrew Slezak expended his weekends for the previous five months performing on constructing the deck of his goals employing our Simpson Potent-Tie components. Discover what went into his Do-it-yourself deck establish and how he cannot hold out to expend far more time outdoor this summer season.  

DIY Deck built by Simpson Strong-Tie Andew Slezak
Diy Deck built by Simpson Potent-Tie Andew Slezak

It all commenced when my fiancée, Hannah, and I moved into our new home. The previous deck was aged and needed to go. As a semi-specialist Do it yourself weekend warrior with 1 far too a lot of projects at one time, I told Hannah, “Pff, babe, it’ll take like a weekend or two. 3 weekends at the most …” Properly, 5 months later, I can finally say the deck venture was concluded and Hannah is incredibly energized.  

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

I have been with Simpson Solid-Tie since March of 2020 and I can definitely say that I like getting element of a organization that has wonderful values, presents you a function/lifestyle balance and will make you come to feel like component of a group. I have learned so considerably since I have been in this article and have met a great deal of fantastic men and women. As a vendor product sales rep, I appreciate interacting with shoppers and educating men and women about our merchandise. So I was thrilled that I got the option to use a vast wide range of our goods for my individual deck establish.

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

For setting up this create, I utilized our totally free Deck Planner Software™ to just take the eyesight I had in my head and deliver it to daily life. I appreciated using the application it was uncomplicated to use, and it gave me a good strategy of what I desired my deck to glimpse like. I also had some exterior assistance as well from my uncle and Simpson Solid-Tie reps (many thanks, Jonathan).  

DIY Weekend Warrior Deck Build
Diy Weekend Warrior Deck Build

As for the make by itself, I fixed all of the deck boards on my deck with our Quik Drive® vehicle-feed screw driving process. I was ready to fasten down 140 sq. toes of deck boards although standing up within just two several hours in 1 weekend. Devoid of the Quik Drive, it would have been at minimum two weekends of intermittent operate (let’s be actual, likely a few).

Outdoor Accents flat T strap
Out of doors Accents flat T strap

For the compensated skilled whose time is income, making use of the Quik Generate is a no brainer. I used our Out of doors Accents® items, which includes the ornamental publish caps (APDPC), T strap (APT), L strap tie (APL), flat strap (APST), and 90° angle (APA), for some crucial connection factors. The connectors designed signing up for almost everything fast and quick. I also applied the deck pressure tie (DTT2Z) to protected my guardrail submit to the deck.

Outdoor Accents post base
Out of doors Accents article foundation

The Out of doors Accents put up bases (APB) are secured with the 5/8″ x 5″ 304SS Titen HD® bolts. Just one of the most typical failure factors on a deck is the guardrails, due to the fact they’re just lag-bolted collectively. On the other hand, my guardrails are extremely rigid with the deck stress tie link, and I absolutely adore it.  

Simpson Strong-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new DIY deck
Simpson Strong-Tie Andrew Slezak on his new Diy deck

Now that the deck is performed, we’re thrilled to have so much extra outside residing house to entertain with and to love. Created with Simpson Strong-Tie hardware, I know this deck is harmless, sturdy and designed to previous a extensive time. My dad jokes about how, if a tornado at any time strike the house, the dwelling would be long gone but the deck wouldn’t transfer. As for my subsequent job, I have a number of in the performs. I’m performing on constructing a retaining wall and parking pad. But what I’m most psyched about making is a sustainable butterfly back garden. So stay tuned! 

Writer: Andrew Slezak

Andrew Slezak is a residential dealer representative at Simpson Robust-Tie. He is also a Do-it-yourself Weekend Warrior who is effective on Do-it-yourself and property improvement projects on the weekend.
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