Long time listener, first time caller. I'm writing here to see if anyone was willing to give their 2c worth with my upcoming deck project.
My previously existing deck was pretty poorly built by the previous homeowner I bought my house from. I've since almost totally demolished it all (Just waiting to hire a skip bin this week) and looking to start completely from scratch.
I have drafted the design for the deck, which measures 4800mmX5600mm. It's on relatively low profile on sandy soft ground so I'll prop it up with TuffBlocks, thought I just thought I'd share my design here and see if it looks kocher. I have ensured to have 450mm spacing between joists, 1800mm spacing between bearers below that. Joists and Bearers I'll be using H3 Treated Pine 45mmX190mm, and the decking itself will be Merbau (140mm wide), bearers will sit on the TuffBlocks.
This is what I've drafted up on a Deck designer I got linked to off the TuffBlocks website, what do you all reckon? What would be the best screws/nails for this job as well?
Great to have you make your first post. We're excited about seeing your deck project come to fruition. Let me tag some very experienced members in @Adam_W, @Brad, @ProjectPete, @royq and @gippslandhome who might like to share their opinions on your plans and materials.
Please don't hesitate to post anytime you need a hand, or let me know if you ever need help getting the most from the site.
Looks like you've made a great start @propeller_plane
Hope this helps - really looking forward to seeing what you end up with. Love building decks!
Many thanks for your valuable advice!
As for the Decking screws, I was going to go down the Kreg decking screws path as part of their Deck Jig system: https://www.carbatec.com.au/kreg-deck-jig-system
And to join the timbers with the Joist hangars, what do you reckon, screws or nails for those, or do I need to use both?
Thanks @Brad for your advice! I was going to go down the road of using the Kreg Deck jig.
Hi folks! Me again... I'm just trying to pick the right fasteners....
To fasten the ledger board (45mm thick H3 Treated Pine) to the concrete part infront of the back door (Refer to photos in first post), I was going to go with Ramset Ankascrews. As for assembling the bearers to each other, 16 Gauge Buildex 100mm long Construction screws. These sound pretty close?
Go with the 125mm version of these - easy to work with and strong fixing. Suggest 400mm spacing - just make sure they don't interfere with your joist positioning.
Those screws for the bearers will be fine although maybe a bit too long. Do make sure they're made for treated pine as the chemicals deteriorate standard screws. Screw the bearers together from both sides for ultimate strength. Even pop a bit of extreme strength liquid nails between them.
Consider the positioning of your screws holding the frame together to ensure they don't interfere with where your screws for fixing the decking to the frame are going to go.