Laying Decking Part 5 of 5

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Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted end-to-end, make sure to stagger the joints so they do not overlap from row to row.

 

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Overview

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted end-to-end, make sure to stagger the joints so they do not overlap from row to row. Predrill the ends of boards to prevent screws or nails from splitting the wood.
Install decking so that there is a 1⁄8" gap between boards to provide drainage. Boards naturally “cup” as they age. Lay boards with the bark side facing down, so that the cupped surface cannot hold standing water.
General installation instructions for decking materials are shown here. Always follow the installation methods recommended by the manufacturer of the product you select.

What You'll Need

Tools:

Tape measure
Circular saw
Screwgun
Hammer
Drill
1⁄8" twist bit
Pry bar
Chalk line
Jigsaw or handsaw
Decking boards
21⁄2" corrosion-resistant deck screws
Galvanized common nails (8d, 10d)
Redwood or cedar facing boards

Materials:

Tape measure
Circular saw
Screwgun
Hammer
Drill
1⁄8" twist bit
Pry bar
Chalk line
Jigsaw or handsaw
Decking boards
21⁄2" corrosion-resistant deck screws
Galvanized common nails (8d, 10d)
Redwood or cedar facing boards

 

Step 1

How to Install Decking with Undermount Clips - Step 1

Drive a deck screw up through the plastic clip and into the deck board to secure it.


Step 2

How to Install Decking with Undermount Clips - Step 2

Position the next deck board against the clip’s spacer tab, and drive a deck screw up through the clip to fasten it in place. One clip secures two deck boards at each joist location.


 
 

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