Draw a plan for your deck
All you need to make accurate deck plans are a pencil, ruler, and graph paper.
Draw your deck to scale on graph paper (typically 1/4" to the foot). You'll need at least a site plan, a plan view, and one or two elevations. You also may want to draw detailed plans for complex parts of the deck. Drawing plans can be tedious, but it's worth the effort to make the project go smoothly.
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