The stringers for the steps were cut from 2 X 12 boards. One board was cut and leveled and the steps were drawn on the board with a level and square and then cut out. This board was then used as a template for the other board. The steps were then cut from 2 X 10 boards for deep-set steps.
The foundation for a 14 foot by 18 foot wooden deck begins with 16 4 X 4 pressure treated posts sunk 4 feet in the ground with 80 pounds of cement each. The four corner posts are leveled and squared first and the other posts are then seated in the ground and tied together with 2 X 6 boards using carriage bolts and nuts. The floor boards are then placed on the 2 X 6 support boards using deck nails.