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How to Build a Side Pool Deck
Step 3: Cutting the 4"x4" posts.
Place a full length 4"x4" post in the post pocket of one of the Dek-Block® piers closest to the pool and hold plumb (vertically level).
Using a level and the pool's metal coping as a guide, mark a line level with the top of the pool's coping. From this line, subtract the following 4 items.
1. The thickness of the pool's metal coping.
2. 1/2" for water drainage and air flow between the decking and the pool's coping.
3. The thickness of the surface boards. 1 1/2" for 2"x6" decking and 1" for 5/4"x6" or composite decking.
4. 5 1/2" for the thickness of the 2"x6" support frame.
Next, cut the 4"x4" post to length and repeat this step for the second corner block near the pool.
By using the pool's coping as a guide, it will ensure that the deck is aligned with the pool. (If deck was to be built perfectly level and the pool was not level, the deck would appear unlevel)
Once the two 4"x4" posts nearest the pool are cut, place a 2"x6" support board on top of one of the 4"x4" posts. Extend the 2"x6" support board over the Dek-Block® pier that is furthest from the pool. Using a level as a guide, measure from the bottom of the 2"x6" support board to the bottom of the post pocket of the Dek-Block® pier. Cut the 4"x4" post to length and repeat on the opposite side.