a back breaker literally. Then I realized that I would need to dig two more and decided to rent a pole hole digger for the other two (worth every penny). I had to custom build the stair stringers because the deck was too far off the ground for a stock board. I placed three cement bricks to support the stringers and dug the bottom deck pole holes. The stringers were mounted and I put in the floor boards/steps. The railings on the inside were a interesting since the rail ran up to the deck. The finished product looks great. I ended up building a gate out of spare parts left over and and it is a solid piece of work. The deck was finished at the end of September.
Total cost: About $500