How To Build A Deck

Luke Van Dyck shows you have to build your own backyard deck.


• If they are in the ground, use H4 treated pine. The H rating indicates the timber’s ability to withstand rot and insect attack

• For above ground, use H3 treated pine.

• Galvanised or stainless steel

• Set up a tight string line at the front of the deck, to have a straight edge to work to. Remember that timber is natural and not always straight.
• Put a full board in place against the string line and fix it down securely, which will act as a guide for the rest of the deck.
• It’s a good idea to hire a coil gun for a superior finish and to save time. Also requiring an air compressor to operate, hiring both will cost approximately $120 per day.
• “Deck Mates” will help achieve even gaps between your decking boards.
• Pre-drill the ending of the timber before nailing, so they don’t split.
• Remember to lay with timber grooves facing down to avoid dirt and moisture build up on top, and to allow air pass through underneath.

• Oiling every six months is recommended. For better absorptions, use timber cleaner before oiling the deck.
• It’s not a strenuous job; it’s just like mopping the floor! Keep up the maintenance and it will look great for many years.

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