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Designing your own deck
Devon Decking
After designing your deck, you will have to begin estimating the amount of timber that will be required.
 

 

 
   
Garden Decks Devon
Another ascpect to take into account when preparing estimates for your deck is the materials to be used in the contsruction.
 
   
   
Garden Decking Devon
Building a deck is easier and usually better done when proper tools are used. Certain property and construction conditions may necessitate special tools.
 
   

Guide to Decking Timber and other materials  


Selecting the right materials for you deck are an important aspect that is often overlooked. As in most things, the quality of the timber, posts and other materials you use is what matters most. Using cheaper, yet inferior products can mean more costs are incurred later on when parts need replacing. 

Choosing the materials you use for your deck are very much like creating the foundations of your home, getting it right at this stage means you'll have a strong, durable and reliable deck.

With these factors in mind, we ensure our pressure treated pine boards and posts, along with the rest of the materials we supply and use in our deck builds is of the best quality, making sure your deck will last.

Materials:

2 x 6 boards (pressure-treated pine)
2 x 2 boards (pressure-treated pine)
2 x 8 boards (pressure-treated pine)
2 x 12 boards (pressure-treated pine)
2 x 8 boards (pressure-treated pine)
4 x 4 posts (pressure-treated pine)
6 x 6 posts (pressure-treated pine)
Carriage bolts and nuts
Post anchors
Galvanized 3" decking screws
Concrete mix for footers (if applicable)
Roll of flashing




Building a deck is easier and usually better done when proper tools are used. Certain property and construction conditions may necessitate special tools, but the following list will suffice for most deck projects:

Tools Needed: 

Circular saw
Power drill
Jigsaw
Reciprocating saw
Pneumatic Nail Gun kit (available at rental store)
Galvanized deck screws
Level
Framing square
Speed square
Chalk line
Tape Measure
Adjustable wrench
Safety goggles, gloves and mask
Masonry drill bit
Hammer
Utility knife 

But the best news about a deck is that it is an ideal home improvement construction project for the average handyman or woman. Design is straightforward. No advanced carpentry skills or sophisticated tools are needed. If you can hammer a nail, saw on a straight line, and read a level, then building a deck should present no major problems.


Estimating Timber needed for decking  
 

After deciding the type, shape and size of deck you'll build, the next step is to estimate the decking materials needed. If you use a ready-made design, and the materials list is provided, this work is already done for you. But if you design your own deck, or use a variation from a standard plan, you'll have to estimate material requirements. In estimating, it's better to overestimate since you can always use any excess material in other projects, such as benches or planter boxes.

There is nothing worse than running out of material and dashing off to the timber yard before they close (hopefully) right in the middle of the project. (On the other hand, you may just be looking for a break!)

First, draw a simple sketch of the deck; decking, rails, footings, posts and beams. Sketch the deck to scale, perhaps 1⁄4" per foot. To save money, stick to standard timber sizes and lengths to the fullest extent possible. For example, decking boards are usually stocked 2 x 4, 2,x 6, or 5/4 x 6 inch and 8, 10, 12,14 and 16 foot lengths. I usually keep a sale flier from the timber yard handy to be sure I know what sizes of timber stock. For the decking, calculate using actual dimensions (5 1⁄2 for a 6 in boards) and don't allow for spacing between boards. (More on that later, but I recommend little or no gap between the boards).


 
   
   
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