The most effective way to begin your deck building project is to draw up a small plan. A sketch that will show key features like where your home is positioned and sewage drainage areas needs to be drawn up. Also include any out houses or sheds. Next you will need to workout the square meter area of your deck. When you buy decking from the building supply company, the labeling on the side of the decking will indicate how much area it will cover. Try to take into account diagonals as this produces wastage and offcuts.
Building a deck is rated as intermediary level on the difficulty scale of DIY. There are no particular hard parts to the job but there is some basic knowledge and common sense skills required before you tackle this task. Once you have drawn up your plans on graph paper you are now ready to measure up. Measuring up involves calculation of the complete area to be covered and this will allow you properly workout the amount of posts and rails you will need.
Use string and pegs to set your boundaries for the patio perimeter. Then make sure you get rid out any grass and weeds that may be present in the earth representing your patio area.
Lay down a black plastic sheeting to prevent vegetation or weeds growing through the patio after the patio's completion. You can peg down the sheet with concrete slabs or some tent pegs would do, providing it remains firmly in position and flat. Use a spirit level to slope the patio away from the house. This will prevent flooding against the house wall after heavy rains. You need to be looking at minimum 10mm drop every meter or so. You now need to lay your damp proof course. It is important to use something damp-proof like bitumen.
Be sure to rid the patio area of sharp stones as they may tear the damp proofing course and render it inoperable. Your next task will be to be the framework. Create the outer rim with joists. If the deck you are building is attached to your home then make sure you place the first joist to the house wall.
Once the joists are in position you will now lay the deck boards. Begin at the house side and drill screw holes to prevent wood splitting. Raised decks need a more professional approach than basic decking. Check your deck at least once every 18 months for boards that have become loose.
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