« on: June 16, 2004, 05:19 PM »
There are actually some manually operated drills/augers that you can use to dig post holes. There are also some specialized shovels for doing that, too. The tricky thing is this: how deep does your town's building code require you to get your posts & concrete or cement? The deeper you have to go, the tougher it's going to be. Be sure you check the town's building code to get the proper depth.
As for the deck itself, I recommend nails over using screws for securing the planks to the joists. Nails are a lot faster, whereas screws are more labor intensive. You also might want to consider an adhesive coated nail for a more secure joint. A pneumatic nail gun will speed this process up immensely. If you don't have one and don't want to buy one, you can probably rent one. You may be able to rent an auger as well.