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Old 06-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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I have built a couple decks in the past for some friends and family but now I would like to build a deck of my own. (I previously had a stone patio). My question is, if I want to do a design say like a large diamond shape pattern on the deck boards I am assuming that the frame underneath needs to match?

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It should be laid out to provide adequate nailing for the deck pieces according to the direction they run.

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The decking can be run diagonally across the framing. You might have to place the framing closer together to span everything properly. Where the pieces meet is an area where blocks will be needed. An incredible amount of work goes into running decking tn that type of pattern.
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yup.. as you get into more intricate decking details the framing detail will follow suit.. ive seen some decks which have required double even triple the amount of framing material in order to handle all the lines in the decking material
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If you have a drawing/drafting program that will "shadow" certain components, you can draw all the deck boards just as you want them... then proceed to place the structural pieces beneath them as you choose, because you can see right through the deck boards.
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Thanks for the advice. Ya after some thinking today I decided that I needed to actually draw up some plans and lay the design down over the frame. Luckily I have Solidworks so I will be able to draw things up and put them exactly where I need them. Thanks for the help I appreciate it.

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