Building a deck could be a huge challenge, but worth it at long last. And with easy step-by-step guidelines, everything becomes much easier. Before the job is started, it’s vital to first plan for a simple deck that fits the shape and size of the backyard. The backyard level should also be basically flat and if not, beams and posts should be installed. Below are a few simple steps on how to put up a deck:
Materials and Tools Needed
• Agi pipe and weed killer
• Timber poles (90mm x 90mm)
• Bearers and joists
• Dry concrete, stirrup bucket and Dyna bolts
• Coach bolts, bordering anchors, decking nails and timber finish or oil
• Tape measure, rake, shovel and spirit level
• Nail punch, string line, hand saw and hammer
1.The work should begin by calculating the deck dimensions and making note of where the drains, stairs and gas tubes are located. The ground should then be weeded and Agi Pipe laid to avoid water from hanging beneath.
2. Designing the deck: Strings are then used to mark out the width and length of the deck to where it joins the house.
3. Fixing the posts: The footings should then be laid out each 1800mm from the residence at about 1500mm centers. Holes are later dug and concrete dispensed into them. A stirrup bucket must be set in the middle of the pad to let about 75mm clearance linking the post bottom and the ground. After that is done, posts are fitted and cut to length considering the railing height desired around the deck.
4. Fitting the bearers: After that, the bearer, joist and decking thickness should be measured, down from the floor stature against the house wall. A piece of timber is then attached against the wall using a screw or bolt each 450m next to the bearer. The remaining bearers can be attached to the posts with framing anchors or a housing-joint.
5. Fixing floor joists: From there, the joists are fixed crosswise the fitted bearers at about 450mm with framing anchors.
6. Fitting the decking: The decking should then be laid across the fixed joists and nailed to every joint using two galvanized nails or screws. It is always advisable to use wood pieces with a thickness of about 5mm as a spacer to have a neat finish. It is also good to ensure that all joins inside the decking timber are above a joist and a nail punch should be used to get nails under the timber facade.
7. Adding finish to the completed deck: Finally, the deck can be painted or oiled with any color choice. It is also good to research on oils and paints that are most appropriate for the deck. And after the deck is fully built, a barbecue grill together with some deck furniture can be moved on the new deck and one can start enjoying their beautiful work.
Learning how to build a deck with the above simple steps could be overwhelming, but once the passion and time is given, it becomes a walk in the park. Nevertheless, it is important to always be safe when undertaking the job. Safety glasses and ear protectors should be worn when using hand or power tools and noisy power tools, respectively.