Welcome to my trade tips. Now there is many ways you can improve yourhome and add value to it, one great way is to construct your own decking area. Now thanks to Silverline's wide range of handand power tools. It has never been easier to do it yourself. The first stage of the construction is toset the area out where you're going to build the decking. If it happens to be on soft ground you aregoing too have to lay some pad foundations. Using your string line, start to mark outthe full area and shape of your decking. .
Hammer some steaks in to the ground to holdyour string line in place. The ground here is soft gravel so I am goingto need to lay some pad foundations. Dig some small holes, around 300mm squareby 300mm deep. Mix up some wet concrete and pour or shoveluntil the hole is full. The concrete pad foundations need to be everymeter apart. Now the next stage is to build and fit thesubframe, and this is what you are going to attach the decking planks to. The subframe structure can be built from 4inch by 2 inch sawn tanalised timber. Drawn your clearance holes 400mm apart alongthe full length of the ledger beam. .
Set your height and mark it on the wall whereyou want the frame to sit, it wants to be at least 150mm above an damp proof course. Using a masonry drill bit and a hammer actiondrill, drill through the clearance holes in to the brickwork. Apply a wall plug and hammer it in tight. Start to drive in your bolts through the clearanceholes, then when it is offered up to the brickwork continue to drive the bolts through the beamto bite tightly into the wall plugs. Now the main ledger beam is firmly fixed levelto the wall you can start to mark up and lay out where you need your joist hangers. .
These want to be 500mm apart and will holdthe joist to the main ledger beam, Screw them down with 40mm galvanised screws. Start to cut all of your joists to the requiredlength. Laying them out across the area sitting oneend into the joist hanger and placing another joist hanger on the opposite end. Fit another 4 inch by 2 inch beam on the frontsection. This acts as a bearer beam and holds the otherends of the joists and hangers in place. Noggins can be cut down to size from offcutsof timber and then screwed in between each joist to stop them twisting. .
You can stagger them tom ake it easier toscrew together. Using a crow bar and some wooden chocks, jackup the frame until it is level. Fix some more offcuts of timber to the sideof your joists directly over the area of your pad foundations. This helps reinforce the joist to take anyweight. Then apply wood treatment to any recentlycut timber. You can construct your subframe to any shapeand size. I am going to trim back the corner. Set your angle and place a straight lengthof timber across the top of the joists then .
Mark up using a pencil. Trim back using a good sharp hand saw. Then apply another bearer beam to the cutangled edge of the joist. Now that is the subframe complete, the nextstage is the final stage, and that is to screw down all the decking planks firmly into position. Clamp and screw the first decking plank tothe front of the bearing beam to act as a facia board. Apply the top decking planks making sure thatall joints sit directly on the joists below. Measure and cut the next piece using a circularsaw. .
When positioning your decking you are goingto need to use spacers these slot in between each plank for a consistent gap. These come with the Kreg decking system whichhas a specially designed guide to help drill in screws diagonally through the edge of eachplank. All planks need to be screwed down on bothedges in to the joists below to firmly hold them in to position. Using your pencil draw around any obstaclesthat happen to be in the way. Clamp down your marked up plank to a stablework bench then using a jig saw cut around the shape tat you require. .
Continue laying and fixing down your deckingplanks leaving an overhang on the corner where you are about to create the angle. Run your string line across the corner whereyou are about to cut. Place the spirit level on top of the lineand mark with a pencil. Using a circular saw cut across the line tocreate the perfect shape of your decking area. And finally, fit the rest of your deckingplanks until it is complete. Always remember to use your spacers and firmlyscrew down each plank to the joist below. Not forgetting to apply wood preserver toall the cut edges. Now hopefully my trade tips will have inspiredyou and given you the confidence to do it .
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