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Deck & Fence

How to Build a Deck

Decking Buying Guide

There are several options for decking materials to choose from. Learn about the features, benefits and costs of each.

How to Build a Deck Part 1: Planning

In the first video of our 5-part series, you’ll learn how to design your deck and choose the right materials.

How to Build a Deck Part 2: Tools & Materials

Learn how to design your deck and choose the right materials.

How to Build a Deck Part 3: Framing

The third video in our 5-part series covers framing the support structure for your deck.

How to Build a Deck Part 4: Installing Decking Boards

The fourth video in our 5-part series covers installing your decking boards.

How to Build a Deck Part 5: Stairs & Railings

In the final video of our decking series, you’ll learn to build stairs and railings for your deck.

How to Build a Fence

Fencing Buying Guide

Building a new fence on your property is an important decision, and will contribute to the safety, privacy, and aesthetics of your home for years to come.

How to Set Fence Posts

Setting fence posts is the first and most important step when you're installing a new fence. Set your fence posts straight and sturdy to ensure the rest of your fence is properly supported.

How to Build a Gate

A well-built gate makes a great addition to a fence, giving easy access in and out of your yard. Match your gate with the design of your fence for a consistent finish.

Deck & Fence Maintenance & Upgrades

How to Stain a Deck

Whether you're finishing a new deck or fence, or an existing one is starting to look worn, applying a stain can give it a fresh new look and protect the wood from discoloration caused sunlight.

How to Clean a Deck

Regular cleaning of your deck will keep its appearance in tip-top shape and will help minimize deterioration.

How to Repair a Deck

An older deck, especially one included in a home purchase, may have more problems. Moisture damage or rot in deck framing indicates that it is time for a new deck.

How to Install Railings

Building codes vary, but most require a railing on decks more than 30 inches above the ground. A railing height requirement of 36 inches is common.

How to Build Stairs to a Deck

Building steps to a deck may seem daunting, but with the right time and effort, you can end up with a great finished product.

How to Repair a Fence

Fences are built to last, but they may eventually need some maintenance and repair. With some basic tools, you can make your fence look better and last longer.

More Deck & Fence Projects

Digging Footings

Digging footing holes with a clamshell digger is quick and inexpensive, but makes sense only if you need only a few shallow holes in loamy soil.

Pouring Footings

There are several things you must do to the concrete after it's in the footing and before it hardens.

Installing Decking

There are several common installation patterns. The more complicated the decking pattern, the more important it is to do a dry run before you cut boards to lay out the angles and joints.

Making Stringers

Plan to build deck stairs at least 3 feet wide for ease of traffic flow and safe use.

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Alternating-board fencing can add privacy and beauty to your backyard or outdoor space.

Installing Prefab Fence Panels

Panels come in a variety of designs, from picket fences to board fences topped with lattice. It pays to shop around for the panels that best suit your house, your pocketbook, and your tastes.

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Whether you are looking for the privacy that a new fence provides or a great deck to entertain and relax on, at The Home Depot, we have everything you’ll need to get started. From Cedar and Composite decking to stairs, posts and other accessories, we will help you build a great deck that will last. We can also help you build a great standard or full-privacy fence with our huge selection of lumber, concrete, tool rentals and other accessories.