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Deck Wrecker



Joist Blocking & Spacing: What You Need to Know

Learn how to properly block and space your joists for a healthy deck substructure. A guided video, step-by-step instructions, and helpful visuals take the guesswork out of building your own deck.

Learn Joist Spacing

Attaching Stair Stringers


Decking Installation

How to Install TimberTech AZEK Decking With TOPLoc® Color-Matched Screws

Learn to install TimberTech AZEK decking with TOPLoc, with step-by-step instructions including which tools to use and how to calculate deck board spacing.

Install Azek Decking

How to Install TimberTech PRO® & EDGE® Decking With CONCEALoc® Hidden Clip Fasteners

Install TimberTech PRO & EDGE decking with CONCEALoc, with step-by-step instructions including which tools to use and application guidelines.

Install Pro/Edge Decking

How to Install AZEK Decking With Cortex® Hidden Fasteners

Install TimberTech AZEK decking with Cortex, with step-by-step instructions including which tools to use and tips for deck board spacing.

Install Azek Decking

Deck Picture Framing

How to Picture Frame a Deck

Get the steps you need to learn how to picture frame a deck, including guidance on proper framing, blocking, cutting, and fastening.

Learn Picture Framing


Deck Fascia Board Installation With TOPLoc Fasteners

Install TOPLoc hidden fasteners for AZEK and TimberTech to your composite deck for a seamless deck fascia board application.

Install Fascia Boards

Spiral Stairs

Fortress Railing

Fortress Railing

Pool Deck Framing

Pool Deck Framing

This video shows a sandwich style beam (not recommended). Please consult your DIY team for the preferred beam method.

Tips and Decorating

Tips and Decorating

DIY Composite Deck Project Guide

This guide breaks down each stage of the DIY composite deck journey, including installation tips for decking, railing, and lighting, plus design ideas.

Explore DIY Options

10 Tips for Installing Composite Decking

Review everything you need to know about installing composite decking — from proper attire, to the 411 on fasteners, and more.

Learn Install Tips

Deck Decorating Ideas: The Finishing Touch to Your DIY Outdoor Space

We dive into deck decorating ideas sure to elevate your outdoor living space, from fresh furniture to tall-growing greenery.

Complete Your DIY Deck