13 Essential Tools To Build A Deck

facIf you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, or you have a neighbor who is and has agreed to help out, you might be considering the construction of a deck or porch on your property. If you have nice weather for at least part of the year, both are a great asset and can, if done right, help elevate the value of your home. The keywords, however, are "if done right."

If you go about a project the right way and use the appropriate tools for building a deck, it’s a worthwhile project and offers numerous opportunities for enjoyment, entertainment, and more. Here, the necessary tools to build a deck will be listed. They will fall into three categories.

Tools Needed to Build a Deck

Three categories of tools will be listed following a breakdown of the categories…

Planning and Protection Equipment

Equipment for self-protection and preservation:

  • Ear protection
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection

Tools for Measuring:

  • Masking tape, chalk, and/or pencils
  • Masonry twine or string
  • Measuring tape

A carpenter's level is also a crucial tool you will need. Don't even think about doing this project without one.

Tools for Deck Building:

  • Power drill
  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hardware (this can include fasteners, bolts, nuts, screws, etc.)

Note: Where hardware is concerned, don't cut corners, and don't skimp.

  • To see to it that decking material and hardware last a lifetime, spend a little bit more on good stain/sealant and applicators, stainless steel, high-quality screws, and fasteners.
  • If you want to leave no visible deck surface screw tops, one popular installment is the use of hidden fasteners.
  • Make sure that the deck board and the screws are compatible. For example, pressure-treated lumber needs Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) screws.

Finishing Supplies and Tools:

  • Sandpaper and/or router
  • Random orbital sander
  • Sealant and stain

In addition to the right tools, you also want to familiarize yourself with the appropriate materials needed to build a deck. A little research goes a long way. Remember, you want it to last a lifetime, so buy accordingly.

Now that you're familiar with the tools needed to build a deck, where can you purchase some of the tools, supplies, materials, and accessories you might need?

Building a Deck for Yourself or a Friend? You're Going to Need Tools and Supplies

Whether you're building a deck, a porch, or something else, count on Factory Direct Supply for the tools and accessories you need. Take, for example, our Metabo HTP Pro circular saw (Hitachi) a.k.a. RIPMAX.

But we don't stop there. Far from it. We stock numerous tools including circular saws, polishers, sanders, cutters, rebar benders, grinders, and drills—just to name a few. We carry power tools for woodworking, metalworking, masonry, demolition, and more. If you're a construction worker or a do-it-yourselfer, before you shop anywhere else, see what we have to offer.

Need power tool accessories? We carry blades, drill bits, battery chargers, abrasives, and more. Looking for materials? We have the anchors, clips, straps, connectors, hangers, bolts, and screws you need. Shop the entire collection at FactoryDirectSupplyOnline.com today.