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Compared to building a deck foundation, installing decking boards is an uncomplicated and straightforward process. If you are lulled into complacency by the apparent ease of the task, however, you ...
Lay each row of decking in place and nail or screw it to the joists. Maintain a consistent 1/8" gap in between row. For boards around the edges of the deck, allow the boards to fly a few inches past the deck. Later you will cut them all at once when they are all installed.
However, on 2x4 and 2x6 redwood boards only one nail per joist can be used. Alternate these nails from one side of the board to the other. This method counters any minor tendency to cup or pull. Two nails need to be used for boards eight inches or wider, and all nails should penetrate 1 1/2” into the joists.
Here are some tips when laying the deck boards. When using pressure treated wood that’s still saturated with preservative, install the boards without a gap between them. As the wood dries, it will shrink, leaving a small gap between each board.
For composite decking, place the first deck board against the building and screw it down to the deck floor joists along the building edge of the board. Subsequent boards are placed against the starter board and clip on a modest angle to make setting the next board in place into the clip.