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A quick guide to buying decking:
If the site is sloping, the easiest and best way to level it is to either concrete in (using post mix) or use bolt down metal supports (if on solid ground) for 100mm x 100mm timber posts which should then be cut off to create a level. These posts should be spaced approx 1.5m apart. The outside 150mm x 50mm frame can then be bolted to your outside posts using M10 x 160mm coach bolts and nuts (timber connectors also help to strengthen connection between newel posts and frame).
TIP: Re-seal any cut end grain on any treated timber using ensele.
The cross member joists can then be fixed in place every 450mm (18") and fixed by either screwing together of by using jiffy joist hangers (6" x 2") or mini hangers (4" x 2").
eg.If working out joists to cover a width of 4.2m the sum is: 4200 / 450 = 9.3 (round up to whole number and then add 1 for end piece) gives a total of 11 joists (always remember 2 joists running the other way to complete the square framework).
TIP: Use landscape fabric under your frame to prevent weed growth through you decking
The decking boards needed (in either deluxe or budget decking) can be worked out using the following sum: Area covered (in mm) divided by 120.
eg. If working out boards to cover a width of 6m the sum is: 6000 / 120 = 50 boards (plus enough boards to face off the seen sides of your decking).
TIP: Get a consistant gap for expansion (and looks) by using a 6mm plywood off-cut, which can be placed between your boards whilst screwing them down, moving it along as you work down the board and then removing it when done.
The newel posts should be spaced approx 1.8m apart (although they can be spaced to a maximum of 2.4m with some balustrade systems).
The spindles can be worked out fairly accurately with the following sum: Length of an individual length of rail (in mm) divided by 150 (+1) eg. for 1.8m: 1800 / 150 (+1) = 13. This should be repeated for each section of balustrade needed.
The universal handrail is used singly as a baserail with the open part facing down and as the handrail (the same way up) with two together (to hide the screws which go through the first rail into the spindles). The sum for working out the amount needed is: Length of balustrade needed (in mm) multiplied by 3 and divided 3600 (the usual stock length of the universal handrail). This figure will give you the exact amount of handrail needed but will not account for any wasteage due to the lengths needed (ie. you may need extra lengths if you want no joints on your rails).
Once you have fixed your newel posts in position you should cut three lengths of universal handrail to the correct size to put in the space where they are required, the spindles should then be spaced equally (maximum gap of 100mm at any point) and screwed (using decking screws) to the baserail and the handrail to make a balustrade section.
Once the balustrade has been made into a section by screwing it together it is then ready to fix to your newel posts, this can be done by using one of our handrail brackets at each end (some people also prefer to raise the baserail off the decking to make it easier to sweep).
TIP: Protect your decking and balustrade and keep them looking fresh by using decking oil as soon as it they are fitted and at least once a year thereafter.
We hope this guide is of use but if you need any further decking advice feel free to give any of our branches a call and we'll be glad to help.
OTHER BUYING GUIDES COMING SOON.............
In the meantime please send us an enquiry or pop into one of our stores if you have any DIY queries.
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Decking How To Guide.
Kitchen worktop buying guide.
Timber buying guide.
Stair-parts buying guide.