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Old 09-05-2007, 08:47 AM   #16
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Very nice, now all you need is good weather
What did you use for the spindals??
These are similar but not the same:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100465430

Ours are "Stiles" brand, from the Stiles railing system. We didn't buy the pre-drilled 2x4's as we had a lot of custom lengths and it was just as simple to drill our own with a spade bit and some careful measuring.

They're simply aluminum tubes, powdercoated in black. We loved the look compared to wooden balusters, as it opened up the view and gave the deck more character and a more contemporary look.

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These are similar but not the same:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100465430

Ours are "Stiles" brand, from the Stiles railing system. We didn't buy the pre-drilled 2x4's as we had a lot of custom lengths and it was just as simple to drill our own with a spade bit and some careful measuring.

They're simply aluminum tubes, powdercoated in black. We loved the look compared to wooden balusters, as it opened up the view and gave the deck more character and a more contemporary look.
I really like the look of this. Congrats.
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That is so nice... what type/size of wood board did you use... the wood board looks thicker than the regular deck board... Mind tell us how much you spent on materials...
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That is so nice... what type/size of wood board did you use... the wood board looks thicker than the regular deck board... Mind tell us how much you spent on materials...
We went with 2x6 planking for the deck (regular "ProNature" Pressure Treated). Typically you go with 5/4" planking with the bullnose rounding to it, but I've never really liked it, and with that you MUST go with 12" (max 16") o/c joists. We went with 20" o/c joists with the 2x6 planking and there is absolutely no bounciness. The 5/4" planking I've always noticed is slightly bouncy as its a thinner board. I'm not a big boy (210 / 6'2") but not small, either... and always found the 5/4 just feels flimsy, personally.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this PT from a local lumber yard. They were inexpensive compared to Home Depot (about 15% cheaper) and the wood looks WAY better - I've always found the Home Depot PT to be really, really green. This wood looks a lot more natural than theirs does.

I think we spent about $2900 CAD taxes included for the deck and fence lumber combined. Add $200 for the cedar-colored, ACQ-safe screws, plus $5/deck block (32 of them!!), plus other misc. stuff (and the post-hole digger contractor @ $10/hole -- best $160 we've EVER spent).
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Thank you for the detail information... obviously... you made such numerous good decisions .... as your deck looks rock solid and beatiful...
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Updated -- I put some of the pics in a gallery on my website. Feel free to browse using this much easier interface!

http://pics.smileydesigns.ca/picsdb/...avId=x82621caf

Thanks!
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