Most people undertake small maintenance or building tasks in the home, such as adding patio decks, themselves, but for larger jobs we tend to be wary of carrying out any larger jobs ourselves, and employ a professional. This kind of task does not have to be such a big deal, however, especially if you do some research first either on the internet or elsewhere. You can build some nice things for your home, so start with something relatively easy and inexpensive.The best thing to get started with is railings for your patio deck. These will greatly enhance the appearance of your patio deck. First you should check out the styles and designs which would best suit your house. Designs for these patio deck railings are quite easy to plan, as well as to make. Even the beginner carpenter can feel like a professional with a job like this. You do however need to plan your project, as well as have the correct tools and measuring implements.To BeginThe first thing to consider is the layout of your patio deck, and the particular style of railings that you have in mind. Discuss these decisions with the other members of your family, and when you have decided, the next task is to acquire the necessary equipment for the job.The Tools, and the ProcessYou are going to need some basic carpentry tools to build your railings, including caulking gun, drill, balusters, wrench, saw and hammer. You should also ensure that you take the necessary measures for keeping yourself protected. For example, your eyes should be protected from sawdust and other flying debris by some kind of eyewear. You will also need to have equipment for measuring up, such as measuring tape, and something to mark distances with.When you have collected the necessary equipment, the next thing is to start building. Follow your plan, and the overall design concept you have in your mind, as well as the dimensions you have worked out. Be careful in the way that you use your tools, and in your measurements, and you should be able to build the railings you wanted for your patio deck, just as you planned.Finishing OffYou can now put some finishing touches to your creation. Mainly, you will need to choose a paint which will suit the overall color and style of your home, and then you might want to buy a few accessories. Your patio deck railings should now be waterproofed, so that they do not suffer damage from the changes of weather that come your way.