When it comes to wood deck construction, projects are generally best left to the professionals because they know how to maintain high standards of safety and quality throughout the building process. However, many homeowners choose to go the DIY construction route to save themselves money on labor costs.  If you decide to tackle the project on your own, be sure to educate yourself on a few things first before you begin.

For DIY wood deck construction, it is crucial to understand the essence of the building process, including the techniques, tools, and safety measures involved. This will ensure that you maintain proper work flow, while also preventing risks to your health and safety.

Below are some safety tips to keep in mind while building a wooden deck:

  • Always wear appropriate clothing. Avoid wearing loose clothing because it can become tangled in your construction tools. Wear something comfortable that you can move around in easily and avoid wearing jewelry or dangling accessories.
  • Before using any wood, check for nails and screws.  This is especially true for reclaimed wood, which can sometimes contain used nails and screws since it is recycled material. Remove any nails or screws you find to avoid injury while you cut and install the wood.
  • When working with wood, always use gloves to protect your hands.  Not only can working with wood give you splinters, but it can also expose you to irritating toxins if the wood has been treated with chemicals.  Use gloves to cover your hands and make it a habit to wash your hands after construction and/or before breaks.
  • Use a dust mask to protect yourself from inhaling sawdust. Many people are allergic to sawdust, and you don’t want a reaction to interfere with your work.
  • Dispose of excess wood properly. There are several ways you can do this.  You can use it as burning material in your fireplace or outdoor cooking unit. You may also give some to neighbors or friends who may find it useful.  Or, if you have a large enough quantity remaining, sell it. Not only will you free you from having to store it, but it can also provide you with some extra money to offset your construction costs.

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