Building Decks and Porches

Course Number: CT 113
Transcript Title: Building Decks and Porches
Created: March 25, 2021
Updated: March 25, 2021
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Introduces the methods and materials used for proper site preparation in deck and porch installations. Outlines the steps followed in the construction of a deck or porch. Covers the identification of defects that impact safety in wood and composite decks and porches. Prerequisites: MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and compare varying types of decks and porches.
  2. Select and install appropriate fasteners for deck and porch construction.
  3. Prepare deck or porch site for layout and construction.
  4. Recognize advantages and disadvantages of different structural and decking materials.
  5. Identify defects that can impact safety in wood and composite decks and porches.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcomes are assessed through a combination of hands-on and written assessments.  Priority is given to hands-on proficiency based assessment in an environment that requires demonstration of skills necessary for success in industry.

Texts and Materials

Modern Carpentry, 12th Edition, Wagner, Smith

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Identify types of decks and porches and their differences.
  • Describe the types of decks and their features
    • Ground level deck (footings only)
    • Raised deck (footings, post anchors)
  • Discuss porch styles and their features
    • Open porch (no enclosure, roof)
    • Screened Porch (screened, roof)
    • Farmhouse porch (runs width of house, no enclosure, roof)
Outcome #2: Select and install appropriate fasteners for deck and porch construction.
  • Demonstrate installation of concealed fasteners
  • Identify connectors to use for decks and porches
Outcome #3: Prepare site for layout and construction.
  • Study local codes for deck and porch building
  • Access appropriate building permits
  • Lay out a deck using measuring tape
  • Prove corners of deck using diagonal measurements
  • Install a ledger for deck attachment
Outcome #4: Recognize advantages and disadvantages of different structural and decking materials.
  • Identify grades, species and sizes of wooden structural materials
  • Choose materials the resist decay and withstand outdoor exposure
  • Describe composite boards and their use
  • Properly dispose of composite scrap according to EPA regulations
Outcome #5: Identify defects that can impact safety in wood and composite decks and porches.
  • Identify checks and splits in wood boards
  • Identify rot and decay in wood boards
  • Recognize crooks and bows in wood boards
  • Identify delamination of composite boards
  • Recognize fiber and bonding defects of composite boards