My deck is pretty much shot and in need of serious repair work. So serious in fact, that Im planning on just tearing it out and building a new one. After talking with a friend who just had some deck work done, it looks like Im going to try and do it myself due to the costs of hiring a contractor. He spent $5K and that is not an option for me. I was wondering if their are some good 'how to' books or software out there that would help me design the deck and give me a good idea as to what I would need material wise. With some good instructions, I would be much more inclined to take on this project myself.