How do you prepare the ground under a deck?

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Preparing Deck Site Checklist

  1. Layout the shape of the deck with a hose or string and remove any sod.
  2. Ensure there are no underground services in the area where youwill be digging.
  3. Locate the positions of the piers and footings.
  4. Dig the holes for the footings and piers.
  5. Prepare the soil with landscaping fabric.

Do you need to seal the underside of a deck? It is not necessary to stain the underside of your deck for protection from theelements, especially if you use pressure-treated wood, which helps keep wood-boring insects out.

Can you lay decking on soil? There are two ways you can lay decking on grass. Use a flat surface (a decking board or tamper is perfect for this)and place a spirit level on top to check the ground is even. If the spirit level indicates the ground is uneven, level it out with extra soil or compact the soil to flatten it out.

Can you build a room under a deck? A remodel can create an inviting, usable living space under thedeck. If there are doors or windows looking out below the deck, this is true when viewed from the outside as well as from the inside. Creating another room outside the house allows us to perceive the house as larger.