My Favorite Secrets For Finishing A Deck

published on July 9, 2020

Today we're taking tackling the deckboards for the lower section of our deckthis is just a ground level platform inthe terms of this city anything that'sless than 24 inches is a ground levelplatform there's no building code for it

They just want to make sure that it'snot gonna fall apart which is our goalof as well so they're very happy withwhat we have here so what we're gonna dois we're going to put our five quarterpressure-treated lumber by six this is

The dimensional number we're gonna useyou have the option to use two by six ortwo by eights if you really choose tothe reason we're going with this lumberis a it's economical be we're using ourcamo screw system and so we're going to

Be coming in from the sides where every16 inches on center this is more thanstrong enough we're not gonna have anyissues with a feeling to lightweight ortoo much movement we've added somestructural support underneath the deck

They keep the floor joists from movingaround and transfer some loads so it'llfeel really stable the block and we'vegot in place here is because we're gonnapicture-frame our deck okay so we'regonna have our deck board overhang and I

Need wood underneath here so I canattach my camo screws not so much forthe picture frame but doing a fishboneso these deck boards will be on an angleyou can't finish a deck like thisobviously what we're going to do is

We're going to come to herewell screw with these two points andthen when it's all finished we'll takeour saw and we'll cut our line and thenwe'll add this board on tehsil cap sothat when you're looking at the deck all

You'll see is the skirt board thefinished edge of this board and youwon't see any cuts that'll give it aclean nice look we'll be able to give ita quick sand before we put the cap onand then we won't have any splinters for

People in the barefoot so when you'reworking like this and you're going to doa fishbone Plus picture frame to thingsyou need to know one when you framesomething no matter how square you makeit after the drying process it is not

Square it'll be closed the wood we'reputting on won't be square it'll beclosedso if you'd cut all your lumber inadvance and put 45-degree angles and youmeasure off your marks 45-degree line

You'll find is that over time I meanwhen you get to the end all of theseangles then that can be perfectly linedup they're gonna have different spacingyou're not going to make it perfect sothe only way to do this and have perfect

Cuts is to lay the boards first and thencut after the fact so what we're doingis we've measured off four and a quarterinches which is a significantly lessthan the boards that I have a nice overoverhang and you can see this middle

Board here it's two by six but it'spretty much the same dimension as theSpallone thing on the spine of thefishbone so our board is gonna go likethis down the middle all right and thisis show that all of the cut off ends

Have something distribution to rest onso what we're gonna do is it's gonnahelp me put this position I've markedthis corner right here so that when I'mfinishedthat'll be my cut it'll look like a

Perfect 45 and the next board will comeright off for this corner and that'lllook really nice we don't want to starthere where we're cutting into differentdirections that'll just look like itwasn't very well thought out and Nate I

Want you to take the same corner on youredge and slide it over to the edge ofthe ridge board okay now that is not 45degrees 42 41 doesn't really matterbecause at the end of the day when we doall of our cuts it'll look beautiful

It'll be intentional the space and gonnabe nice and that is the look we're goingfor so we are going to take our camoscrews and remember we're gonna becutting pieces off there's no senseputting a screw where it's going to get

Cut off so we'll put in our camo screwsystem remember this is going in on anangle if I start too close to this boardhere I'll actually come and I'll miss iton the underside so go towards the leadedge of the board so you know you're

Gonna get lots of good contact there andyou're a little bit away from where thesaw cuts going to beand you drive that drill bit right intothe cradle and that'sthat's the perfectdepth every time now move the gun up a

Few inches because now I'm trying to hitthe same joist but from the other sideall right so we're gonna slide down heresame thing set that up so you'll getgood contact except the screw driveuntil you hit the ribs on the bit

Readjust now this moves relativelyquickly for something that's ascomplicated is this you'll see that thisis not as fast as doing surface screwsadvantage to this type of system wherethe hole is just underneath the rounded

Edge of the board this is where it getsfun yes with that you see this one thisone has to be on that pencil line fourand a quarter right so we're gonna dofrom now on is we're gonna set theseboards what that touching the edge of

That rim joist well we'll have we'll getwell guarantee yourselves a nice cut offeverywhere we go so the next piece isgonna be the exact same you got it so wetalked about this before that the gunitself now becomes the spacer that's the

Gap it was between every board so we setthat in okay so when I set the screw inan angle generally when you screw thingson an angle has a pulling force butbecause you have a spacer there'snowhere for it to pull to it'll just

Drive straight down guarantee that spaceyou drive that back in this sideguaranteed to be perfect every timecompared to other systems that have noscrews on the surface it's incrediblyfast

Traditionally you had to put in bracketsattached to the joist crawl underneaththe screw from underneath there was areally time-consuming and a real pain inthe butt this is a really fast as far asa screw list system as far as just

Getting the deck board down it'll runyou twice as long as traditional screwsif you're one of those guys that likesto just use an air nailer on acompressor that's obviously the fastestway to deck could put decking on but not

Very pretty this is amazing now as faras performance this will up perform anyscrew or nail on the market it'll helpyour wood last twice as longI think that's conservative estimate andso for that reason alone it's worth the

Extra time if your wood last twice aslong and it takes 50% as long to put theboards on you're way ahead because youdon't have to rebuild the deck again intwo years in terms of functionality thisallows you to have the peace of mind to

Be out barefoot on your deck it's one ofthe benefits of composite decking is thefact that you felt comfortable to gobarefoot a trick with composite deckingthere's a lot of cases it gets so hotthat you can't go barefoot on it anyway

So then the benefit that you achieve islost in the fact that it's too hotwhere would stays cool so you can bebarefoot knowing that where you put yourscrews isn't causing splinters in excessof where and for that reason I prefer to

Go wouldn't ammo plus you have a lotmore flexibility with wood and you dowith the composite and the price isalways perfect you're like go get thecamera screws I'm like I can't find themthey're camouflage as they're camouflage

So in this situation the board needs alittle bit of help to sit where it wantsto needs to goso the best way to do it is put thisscrew through it 2×4 directly underneaththe lead edge and then with a JIT

Moderate amount of pressure you can pushthat board back and forth okay and thisis gonna be reused you can pull thescrew out and set it up over and overand over again so Nate I'm just gonnaget you to kind of hold that board in

Place for me as I'm coming across hereI'll keep my gap nice and consistentagain if you're working alone it'ssomething you can do on yourself all youdo is get in position where you like itthrow a second screw in and then you're

Good to goso what do you think about working withthe camera system it's uh easy yeahespecially for a guy who's my age and uhand I've only been doing this for like ayear

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