It amazes me of how many beautiful houses don't have a deck on the back of them. It's a pet peeve of mine. Unlike many of my other projects, this is actually the second deck I've built. My first deck was built right around the time my first circular saw was purchased. Let's just say, I'm glad I still have all ten fingers. This time around, I actually got it inspected by the town and it passed.
I used a synthetic deck board, wrought iron railings, and caped each post with a light. Laying down the boards is easy but monotonous. The supports were set at eighteen inch centers. This means there was one screw every eighteen inches per deck board. That equates to thousands of screws. Grace sat along side of me through much of the project. She handed me one screw and one hidden fastener ever 30 seconds for for three weekends in a row.
Lessons Learned: 1st, synthetic boards are slick. Our deck furniture rearranges after aver storm. 2nd, Emily is deathly afraid of heights. 3rd, It's easier to cut wrought iron with a reciprocating saw rather than a cutting wheel. 4th, when you mention you are building a deck to your buddies, their calendars mysteriously fills up over night.