I am stuck. I have a 14 x 16 deck that I want to cover with Mahogany
(Meranti). The lumber yards do not stock 14" lengths. They have 8',
10', 13', 15', 16' and 18'. These are 1"x 4" boards. So as you can see
they are pretty much random lengths. Question is, what sizes do I buy
to cover the deck so as to minimize waste? What is the nailing/length
pattern? Anyone know of a good website for the procedure? Thanks. Your
help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Nail to every joist. Can you choose your lengths or do you have to take a
mix? I would get all 18's if you can. This will give 0 waste (except for
maybe the last course), whether you have 16" or 24" centers. All 8's would
work also with 0 waste, but you would have more short pieces. 8 footers
probably cost less per foot.
On Sat, 12 Jul 2003 21:21:46 -0400, "donald girod"
I don't like it. You end up with a lot of runs done in a lot of
multiple cut pieces although it might give the least waste.
Buy the 15's. Those are just 14's with a little room to trim. Also,
don't forget about your double rim joist. Depending on if you set it
inside the 16oc joist, your deck might be 14' + 3" for the rims. You
also probably want an overhang for the mahogany of 3/4", so you
might need 14' 1.5" (or with the wider rim) 14' 4.5".
If they won't let you pick the lengths you want, find another yard
FYI... it might be too late... But mahogany looks nice when you run
a trim/border board around the outside edge, then run the deck boards
inside that so that no cut ends show.
I would like to add to this topic
nail Mahogany by hand (with a hammer of coarse)
useing 8p stainless steel "spiral" nails.
(they screw into the wood with every hit with a hammer).
NOT ring nails (they tend to bend easily and split the wood).
bang the head of the nail across the grain (instead of drilling)
then nail away....no splitting
DO NOT use an air gun.
If you can afford the expense
Mahogany will last a lifetime!
it makes a beautiful deck and wears well.
it IS a great choice!
Lewis Contracting says
"its hard to work with"
"it's wood isn't it" ?
and you will never have to worry about carpenter ants.
On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 11:02:45 -0400, "Carpenter Ant"
I didn't like the spirals that I bought, as the tips were long
and pointy and looked like they'd split the decking. I used the
rings nails you don't like. The only place I had to pre drill
were the end nails.
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