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Old 10-10-2013, 12:14 AM   #46
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Read the sticker on the ends of any 2 X.
There not direct ground contact rated.
Only 4 X 4's, 4 X 6's, 6 X 6's are.
I would go with 4, joist for that ramp, not 3.

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Read the sticker on the ends of any 2 X.
There not direct ground contact rated.
Only 4 X 4's, 4 X 6's, 6 X 6's are.
I would go with 4, joist for that ramp, not 3.
I plan to use those flat solid concrete blocks under the stringers. I will level out an area with them. That or I'll use the extra bag of concrete I have and make a little platform.
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The framing is done and I'm ready to put down the decking. I have tons of 2.5" Bulls Eye premium decking screws with a star head and brownish coating. Do I need to predrill every hole before I put the screws in? 16 screws per board and 22 boards makes a lot of predrilling.
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The framing is done and I'm ready to put down the decking. I have tons of 2.5" Bulls Eye premium decking screws with a star head and brownish coating. Do I need to predrill every hole before I put the screws in? 16 screws per board and 22 boards makes a lot of predrilling.
I pre-drill only at the board ends, since the wood is much more likely to split there. I'm assuming you're using wood decking and not composite. Stay at least 3/4" from the board edges, but not much further.
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Here's what I ended up with minus the ramp. I found out that I was not nearly as square as I thought I was after putting down the first 2 decking boards. I was keeping one side even but since it wasn't square the boards went from 1/2" overhang to over an inch within 3 boards. Lol. I just gapped a little on that side to make it look better. I also found out that I suck with a circular saw.

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