What aspiring builder doesn't have proper tools?
the saying, "Measure twice, cut once."
Don't rely on guess
work for any aspect of your deck building project,
whether its a deck, a shed, an addition to your house or anything
Here are the tools you should have and that you will use
when you build your deck. The benefit is you will surely use them
for other building projects around the house.
Measuring Tools and More
25 Foot Metal Tape Measure
is essential. A good metal tape that stretches 25 to 30 feet and is
stiff enough to hold its shape when stretched out to measure diagonals
50 Foot Flat Tape
A longer flat tape of 50 or 100 feet is the best way to go for laying out
the deck position and post positions. Its very useful for fencing as well.
Get the right kind of string that doesn't stretch. You will use this string
to mark out the perimeter of the deck or hang a line level from on shorter
Besides being a perfect to fit for behind your ear and making you look like a seasoned
carpenter, a flat carpenter pencil requires less sharpening. When you
are writing on tough wood surfaces and the like. less sharpening is important. Grab
a few - they work and look cool!
Sliding T Bevel
is a very useful deck building tool. A sliding T bevel is the perfect tool
for recording and transferring angles which you will have to
do at some stage of your deck building project.
can you build a deck with a proper framing square? You can't , so don't bother
trying. Get a good strong framing square and your framing layout and marking
will go fast. They are essential measuring tools.
are very useful squares for finding angles quickly. A good carpenter will
use these for cutting rafters, stair stringers and any other dimensional lumber that
A chalk line comes in handy for marking the cut off lines of the decking
boards. It is also great for marking any other long line you may need.
This little level hangs on a masonary string and gives you a quick fairly
accurate read on how level you are. The longer the distance the tighter
you have to pull the line to keep it from sagging but on distances of 10
feet or less it's quite handy and reliable.
you need to find out what is level but you don't have enough space to fit a
big level. Use a smaller version and be sure you are straight and
4 Foot Level
It's best to invest in an aluminum level because its less likely to bend
or twist. This is probably the most common leveling tool you will use.
It's long enough to span some distance but small enough to do most every
If you have a really long area such as a ledger board that wraps around
a corner or extends 15 feet or more, a water level can be a real help. It's
also a very accurate way to measure, providing that your level is working
properly. A good water level is fairly inexpensive and will be used many
times over. It's a great addition to any builder's tool box.
Plumb bobs use gravity to locate points directly and vertically below or
above each other. So they are very useful when you are trying to locate
the exact spot to insert a post anchor into a cement pier.