Huge project done!  This was a group effort with the family pitching in to help!  Last summer we completed the rod iron spindles on the front porch!  Love. So, of course, my eyes moved to our nearby deck that also faces the front of the house.

Here is the front porch project last summer (which is one of my most popular posts to date)!

Just seeing the mismatched spindles on the deck and porch drove my OCD mind crazy all winter!!!!

Here is our front deck. What we discovered while dismantling the deck would make a home inspector cringe:

Our entire deck was constructed with interior drywall screws.

The entire deck!  I love the Vera Bradley bag I used to hold the screws!

We ripped apart the planks and discovered joists that were showing signs of rot and warping. I don’t believe I am using the word “warping” correctly?

We purchased pressured treated wood at Home Depot to replace the rotting joists.

This was a two person job to “hoists the joists” into the hangers/ brackets. We used 2’x8′ for the joists for a snug fit!  I had to stand on a ladder which made for a serious core and upper arm workout!

Next we tackled removing the wood spindles

And, then we had to remove the top and bottom railings.  We have a front railing and two smaller side railings. So we dismantled the larger one first because it took all summer.
Here is the view from below our deck.  We had to block off the back door so that someone wouldn’t mistakenly let the dogs or kids outside.

I admit I got a little bored the weekend that we added the railings so {first} husband added new pressure treated wood (2’x6′) for the top and bottom railings to hold the spindles.
We had to chip and just kinda whack the old wood out of the cement. It was easier than it sounds! Here is the replacement wood:

Here is the new composite decking from Home Depot. It is made from recycled tires and plastic!  We chose composite over wood for our dry climate and daily direct sunlight!
I  measured the distance between each spindle before pre-drilling holes for the spindles. Also, remember to check on building codes for railings!  Measure twice, cut once (I used a table saw for the spindles).
Here is a peak of the finished deck…

Here are the finished spindles on the front of deck!

We still need to prime and paint the railings, caulk, and re-apply a few stones that came out with the tear down.  I am sooo excited!
Stay tuned for final photos!!!
Big Girl Tools Used:
miter box

radial arm saw

table saw

sawzall ( I had never heard this word until this project, but it got the wood out of tight corners)
drills (I kept burning out the batteries so I had to alternate between 2 drills)
Total Estimated Cost of Supplies for railing material, decking material and iron spindles:
$1200 + sweat equity


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    Oh wow, Laura. That does look like a lot of work but the results will last you a LONG time and everything you chose is so beautiful! I’ve never seen that composite you used and those spindles are so pretty (and a great tip to check building codes!). I’m not a fan of wood decks (I had one and they’re so high maintenance). Thanks so much for sharing your hard work!

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    I have to do this to my deck as well… and it isn’t as well constructed as your before deck!!! YIKES. Some fun fixing stuff other DIYers have done, isn’t it?

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