A method of laying decking boards straight
Assuming the joists are fixed in place. If not go to How to Build a A flat floored roofless area adjoining a house. Timber deck: An outside floor structure comprising of posts, bearers, joists and decking boards.
This is an ideal method of how to lay decking boards straight and is most suitable for extra long decks. It involves ‘pinging’ a chalkline where every third decking A piece of sawn, or dressed lumber of greater width than thickness. Usually 19mm (3/4") to 38mm (1 1/2") thick and 75mm (3") or more wide. is to go, giving a perfectly straight line of where to To secure with nails or screws. that decking board to.
Along the two end joists, mark the outside edge of every third decking board. Start out from the building the deck is attached to e.g. If a decking board is 90mm (3 1/2″) wide plus a gap of 5mm (3/16″), then three decking boards including the gap would equal 285mm (11 1/16″). Therefore mark along the two end joists, out from the building, increments of 285mm (11 1/16″). See fig.1 .
Mark a straight line, using a chalkline, from one A member fastened to the end of the floor joists. The end joist is the board that the rest of the joists are nailed to. Also called rim joist and boundary joist. to the other end One of a series of parallel members used to support the floor. Part of the framing that provides the structure for a floor., from A to A, B to B, C to C etc. See fig 2
Lay and A short nail with a large flat head used for securing roofing felt, plasterboard, sheet metal to wood etc. every third row of decking board on the building side of the chalklines. See fig.3. Make sure any necessary joins are made on joists. Let the decking overhang the end joists.
What a chalkline?
A chalkline is a builders A slightly elastic string stretched between two pegs and used as a guide line. Determines the building line. (a piece of string) saturated with powdered chalk, usually colored. The line is held taut at two points and then ‘pinged’ (in a bow and arrow type motion). The chalk flicks on to the Any of the framing wood. or material that the chalkline is ‘pinged’ against and leaves a perfectly straight line. Chalklines can be purchased from any building supplier and are relatively inexpensive.
Lay the intermediate decking boards in-between the fixed decking boards and make the gaps even, using wedges to adjust where needed. This is done by eye. Nail the deck boards to the joists. Some hardwoods should be drilled before nailing to avoid splitting. Ensure any joins are staggered between rows (no two joins should be next to each other). see fig.4
Let the decking overhang both end joists while laying, and then The finish materials in a building, such as narrow boards applied around openings (window trim, door trim) and vertical corner battens. them Being even with. with the outside of the end joists.
Cut the joist ends Plumb, upright. and flush with the outside edge of the last decking board.
Nail the boundary joist around the boundary. of the deck making sure the top of the boundary joist is flush with the top of the decking. See diagram below.