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Fido Doesn't Know He's Small
Have you every watched dogs establish who's the alpha. The contest has less to do with size and strength, than attitude. The tiny ankle biter has little clue the Rottweiler can gulp him down like a milk bone. The big dog is the one who makes the other blink first.
While attitude may work well for establishing who's the boss, it doesn't work well for construction. Knowledge and skill are two important qualities that get the job done right and safely.
And more than a bit of good sense.
When building a structure like say a deck, one should know the basics of that particular type of construction. Like any structure a deck starts with a foundation. The foundation for a deck is a footing. A solid concrete structure of a certain dimension set into the ground a specific depth. In Connecticut that depth is 42 inches.
Browsing the local big box home improvement store, one will see lots of stuff for building decks. The aisles are stocked with all manner of doodads and hooziwhatzits to help make constructing your deck quicker and yes, better.
The first rule of deck construction should be; just because they sell it in the home ... more

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