I have a large redwood deck that my other half destroyed this summer
I need to replace or repair two thirds of the deck and all of the
railing, steps, and built in benches.
The soil under the deck is clay.
I've decided to go ahead and stick with redwood and I'll stain it to
match the surviving deck.
I'm wondering about soil preparation as well. The clay shrinks and
cracks during the hot dry summer months and swells and softens during
the wet months.
I want the pier and post supports to be rock steady under the deck and
was thinking that some soil prep might be necessary.
Also, any good how to deck books to help me with protecting the house
where the deck attaches?