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Old 06-26-2011, 11:17 AM   #16
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Are gaps absolutely necessary on decking?


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Next question.

As I come to the end of the deck, I am faced with many options as far as length of boards. As the deck is some 40' long, I started with a layout pattern of

4'
12'
8'
16'
4'
12'
8'
16

I have an angle corner on the end that makes the deck boards all dif lengths and some will be very short. Is 48"' the shortest board length I should have, 32"?
I try to avoid anything shorter than will span 3 joists. This may vary depending on whether the last bay is a full increment. It could be as short as 3'.

As for the drilling template, hats off.

All the hidden fastener systems I've tried are very time consuming as compared to face nailing or screwing. It depends on how much it bothers you to face fasten, whether it's worth the effort or not.

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