How To Build A Rolling Deck

Creating an outdoor living space doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive. If you use a rolling deck frame and attach your decking perpendicular to the floor joists rather than parallel, you can save yourself a lot of time in the long run and get a safer, more durable result.

Determine the size of the deck.

First, you’ll need to measure the overall dimensions of your deck. You can use a tape measure to get a rough estimate of these measurements (and make sure to round up, if necessary). Next, calculate how many people you want your new rolling deck to accommodate. This will help determine how wide and long it needs to be in order for everyone to comfortably sit down and enjoy themselves without feeling cramped or crowded. Finally, take into consideration the space available around your home when determining what size rolling deck would fit best on it—this will vary depending on factors such as whether there are any trees or other obstacles nearby that might interfere with visibility while driving around on board.

Build the frame.

Build the frame.

To make your rolling deck, you’ll want to build the frame from pressure treated lumber. This is important because pressure treated lumber resists rot and decay, which means that you don’t have to worry about your rolling deck falling apart or warping in the sun over time. For example, you could use 2x4s for your rails (the horizontal pieces), 2x6s for posts (vertical posts), and floor joists spaced 16 inches apart.

You can even add a second layer of railings if you’d like an extra measure of safety—this will give you more leverage when rolling out onto the deck so that it doesn’t tip over while in use.

Lay the floor joists.

  • Measure the floor joists to determine the length of each piece.
  • Cut them with a circular saw, then cut off the protruding end at a 45-degree angle.
  • Install hanger clips along one side of each joist, positioning them about 6 inches from its outer edge and about 6 inches from its inner edge. To do this, first measure up 3 1/2 inches from the bottom of each end and make a mark on both sides (this will be where you’ll put your hangers). Then measure down 1 inch on either side of that mark and make another mark; this is where you’ll drill holes for installing your screws or nails (depending on what kind of clip(s) you’re using). If using screws, drill pilot holes into those marks first with a bit no larger than 5/16th inch; if using nails instead of screws, pre-drill holes through which they can pass without bending or breaking by tapping them gently with a hammer until just enough space has been created for them to fit into place without preventing further advances through wood fibers—just be careful not to go too deep or hit any other part inside there! Once properly positioned according point 2 above–which may take some trial runs depending on brand type–securely affix hanger clips onto both sides.

Install the decking.

  • Install the decking. Use a power drill to screw down your decking. The screws should be about three inches apart for maximum strength and durability.
  • It’s also a good idea to paint the surface of your rolling deck while you’re building it, so that you can get it ready for use as soon as possible. Make sure that you use non-toxic paint though; this is especially important if you have children who may be playing on the rolling deck later on.

Install the railing posts.

To install the railing posts, dig holes in the ground that are two inches deeper than the height of your deck boards. Once you’ve done that, lay out each post and make sure it is level with one another. If your deck has a built-in incline or decline, adjust for this by putting more pressure on one side of each post (depending on which direction your deck is slanted).

Once you have placed all your posts in place and leveled them off with each other, go ahead and attach them together using brackets. Finally, fill in any gaps between posts with gravel so that water doesn’t collect there.

Add your rails.

Now that you have your deck frame, it’s time to add the rails. You can use wood or metal for the rails, depending on your project and preferences. If you choose wood, a simple railing is probably sufficient; if you’d like an elaborate handrail or baluster system instead, feel free to go for it. For example:

  • A deck spindle is used as an attachment point between posts and rails. It can be made of wood or metal (or composite) material—whatever works best for your situation.
  • A deck cap creates a finished look at the top of each post by covering any gaps between posts with a decorative piece that attaches directly onto them.
  • A deck skirt covers up exposed areas around post bases along exterior walls so they don’t show when people are sitting on their new deck.

You’ll have a beautifully functional deck in no time.

You’ll have a beautifully functional deck in no time.

Building your own deck is one of the easiest ways to add space to your home, increase its value and create a great outdoor room that you can enjoy for years.

  • A good deck will be a focal point of your yard.
  • It’s an excellent place to entertain friends and family.
  • You can relax outside on the deck while enjoying all weather conditions (rain, snow, sun), or use it as an extension of your living room so you don’t have to go inside if you want some fresh air or just some quiet time alone.

Final words

You now have a beautiful and functional rolling deck. However, you’re not done yet. If you want to add some additional features, such as a ramp or a hook for the winch cable, it’s very important that you do them before moving the deck into place. You don’t want to be working on it after being overwhelmed by its weight.

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