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DESTROYING My Backyard: EPIC Deck Series Part 1

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DESTROYING My Backyard: EPIC Deck Series Part 1

John Malecki Destroys His Backyard and Starts an Epic Deck Build Series

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Jul 30, 2020

For my latest video, I am pursuing my biggest and most ambitious project yet — building a deck! This epic deck build will take place over a series of videos. In my first video, I am going to cover the removal of my old basement entrance, replacement of the wall, pouring of footers, along with some other chaotic steps. When it is finished, I plan to store fishing supplies and yard tools under my deck since I can’t have a shed. I’m also going to need to bust out some heavy equipment to get the ball rolling. 

So follow me as I take on my most challenging build yet! If you’re following along at home or want to try it out for yourself, be sure to take a look at my video below.

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DESTROYING My Backyard - EPIC Deck Series Part 1

Men driving

Before I begin building my deck, I need to knock out my back two windows and replace them with a french door. I’ve never done this before, so it should be fun. Next, I’m going to start building the deck so it extends out into the backyard. For this part, I used a killer software from  Simpson Strong Tie, which gives me all of the hardware, harnesses, fasteners, mounds, and other materials needed to plan out the deck. For the retaining wall and stairs, I brought in some outside help from Law Construction. Sometimes, you just gotta bring in the big guns to get the job done. 

Don’t forget to take a look at the full video for a complete step-by-step breakdown of this crazy build! 

Tools and Materials

John Malecki Reviews the Tools and Materials He Used for This Build

Tool reviews

My videos are proudly sponsored by Woodcraft — a top destination for the best power tools and accessories in the country. For your next big woodworking project, make sure you head to Woodcraft for all of your supply needs. I also want to thank Timberland PRO for always supporting my crazy woodworking projects and being my number 1 resource for durable, high-quality boots. 

Pit Boss

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Tools and Product Affiliates

Check out some of my top tools and product affiliates here. 

- Woodworking Tools 

- Metalworking Tools 

- Favorite Finishes

- My Camera Gear

Deck Supplies

Here’s what I used to build my epic new deck. 

- Simpson Strong Tie Deck Software

- Simpson Strong Tie

- Trex Decking

- Trex Rain Escape

Extra Supplies

Check out some of my merchandise, build plans, and go-to safety glasses.

- Merchandise 

- Plans 

- Safety Glasses 

Other Home Projects

If you enjoyed this video, check out some more of my home projects: 

- INSANE Living Room Transformation 

- INSANE Bedroom Transformation 

- SURPRISING My Wife with a Remodel

- IN THE HOME Playlist

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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Jul 30, 2020
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!