Do you enjoy sitting outside on these beautiful fall days? Many do, and to make that more comfortable and convenient, they want to have a deck in the back of their home. Thousands of enthusiastic do-it-yourself homeowners set out to build a deck every year, but not all of them are up to safety standards. One major consideration that should be taken is that of the weight that will be on the deck. Depending on the size of your deck, and the amount of people you might plan on having on it at one time, you will need proper support. This is especially the case if you are planning on having a hot-tub on your porch. Full of people and water, you are dealing with thousands of pounds of added weight, and the risk for disaster is great without the proper support. The same goes for your railing. You don’t want to watch your friends go tumbling over the edge of your porch due to a railing that failed.

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