Building your timber deck close to or right atop ground level offers a number of attractive advantages The structure will be quicker to build than elevated decks require less preparation and support and over the course of the project be a lot more economical Use batterboards and mason's string lines to lay out footing locations for a deck that is 24 feet long and 14 feet wide Attach a 2 x 12-inch ledger board to the house to establish the deck position This deck structure is designed to be enclosed as a four-season porch in the near future

Framing and building a deck

The process of framing a deck includes creating connections between joists beams and support posts in order to build a code compliant deck structure This in depth section will teach DIY builders to frame a deck from installing a ledger board and frost footings to framing the perimeter of the deck

To install last plank used end nippers to remove the spikes from one side of hidden fasteners Install last plank with composite decking screws Snap chalk line across deck boards Screw a straight-edged board to deck to act as a saw guide Guide a circular saw along the straight-edge board to trim deck boards to length

Using 75mm x 50mm (3in x 2in) timber joists build a timber frame to go around the perimeter of the decking area These will act as bearers for the decking boards The joists are fixed together with countersunk 75mm (3in) screws suitable for outdoor use Joists that need to be secured to a wall can be fixed using 100mm (4in) masonry bolts

If using a bearer or two under the deck frame then this should ensure a perfectly level sub frame upon which you can lay your decking boards Decking Joist Spacing Spans Normally the joists on a slightly raised deck can be supported at no greater than 1 8m between bearers this is applicable to standard 6x2in (150x50mm) joists

How to Build a Wood and Metal Deck Railing Keep your DIY deck build or deck renovation simple yet powerful with a beautiful blend of wood and metal railing materials A genius method to help your deck mesh with the soft architectural style of your home building rails from wood and metal will keep deck building costs low and deliver wonderful outdoor looks

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May 05 2020Updating your outdoor space is a snap with these easy-to-install deck tiles Whether you're refreshing an existing deck or building new these deck tiles will help you get the job done in just a few hours (no professional help needed) Available in a wide variety of materials and finishes including wood composite and stone deck tiles can instantly create a beautiful

To help maintain a straight line near the house temporarily attach a strip of 1/4-inch plywood against the siding on top of the ledger Make sure the screws you use to fasten the strip are above the decking thickness so you can remove it after you install the decking

Jul 14 2020Lay a few wood-composite decking boards on the concrete in a dry run to test placement Shift the decking where needed If the boards are placed on a concrete stoop allow the boards to overlap 1 to 2 inches over the edge of the concrete Attach the first board closest to the building Use the drill and masonry bit to drill a hole through the

The exposed end grains of deck boards can begin to look pretty rough over time Many will crack and split and some will cup An effective method of finishing a deck surface is to install a trim board around the perimeter of the deck This technique is also called picture framing or racetrack decking

How to Build a Wood and Metal Deck Railing Keep your DIY deck build or deck renovation simple yet powerful with a beautiful blend of wood and metal railing materials A genius method to help your deck mesh with the soft architectural style of your home building rails from wood and metal will keep deck building costs low and deliver wonderful outdoor looks

Installing pressure-treated decking or cedar with face screws is the simplest and least expensive approach and is still very popular If you use powder-coated decking screws of a color that blends with the decking (and it's future stain) and use a good drill to drive the screws just barely below flush the screw heads will effectively blend in visually

Laying a deck is much more straightforward than you might think and it can add character to a garden and extend your living space If you have ever wondered how you would even begin to lay your own decking then this is all you will need to know What you will need: Pen and paper (to create a plan of your decking before instalment) Timber

Apr 18 2019How to Lay Decking on Soil Follow the preparation steps we have laid out for building decking on grass then follow the 23-step guide at the top for perfect results You should make sure that the ground you're building on isn't regularly very wet or boggy or you may find the decking subsides or rots easy

How to Finish the Ends of Composite Decking

Jan 09 2020Likely you've seen a traditional wood deck and noticed how the exposed board ends can noticeably bleach warp and weather quickly as compared to the rest of the deck (When it's made of wood the "rest of the deck" doesn't fair too well either — over the course of a decade the cost of maintenance will drive the overall expense

Jun 18 2020Level and fix the frame all round the deck 16 Make up stakes (see step 8) and hammer in place Screw through to the frame to secure the framework (Image credit: Ben Field) 17 Mitre and lay the decking planks for the steps and fix in place with two screws at every joist

Building a wood deck makes a great DIY project for your home Here are some tips when laying the deck boards When using pressure treated wood that's still saturated with preservative install the boards without a gap between them As the wood dries it will shrink leaving a small gap

Attach deck stair treads with the cup facing down to prevent the steps from holding water or acting as a tripping hazard Watch this video to find out more Further Information How to Build Deck Handrails (video) How to Add Built-in Deck Seating (video) How to Build a Deck Foundation (video) How to Install Wood Deck Boards (video)

Use batterboards and mason's string lines to lay out footing locations for a deck that is 24 feet long and 14 feet wide Attach a 2 x 12-inch ledger board to the house to establish the deck position This deck structure is designed to be enclosed as a four-season porch in the near future

Here's how you can lay garden decking in three simple steps Prepare the Site Start by preparing the ground before you start building the deck For example you'll either need to build the deck somewhere with good drainage (a minimum gradient of 1 in 40) or you'll need to put in an under-deck drainage system

Building a Simple Deck The deck shown here features a pressure-treated floor frame that's supported by a ledger board and concrete piers and topped with 5/4-inch decking And because the deck is only a one step high no railing was required Now just follow Tom's tips and build your own backyard oasis

Sep 19 2018How To Lay Decking Again do a trial run before rushing into securing the decking boards in place Lay the decking boards across and in the opposite direction to the inner joists ensuring everything is flush Remember your expansion gaps lengthways and breadthways when cutting the boards

Insert deck screws at each underlying cross piece Position the next 2x6 parallel to the first leaving about a 1/8- to 1/4-inch space between the two boards to allow for expansion of the wood Use spacers such as nails set between the boards to ensure your decking is installed in a uniform fashion

I am looking to install privacy screens on my concrete patio I just want to put up two 6x6 posts with Titan Wood Post Anchors either 35 or 70 apart Read More Total height of low level ground level deck Apr 28 20 11:17 AM I am building a 10'x12'deck (not attached to a ledger board)

Aug 06 2020Make special compensations for any decking material that you plan to lay in a different direction such as parallel to the sleepers or diagonally Runners should overhang the patio when first installed Find The Perfect Level Find the high point of your patio by a laying a flat board across the patio where you plan to install your sleepers