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Unread 02-14-2019, 07:13 PM   #1
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deck question

I have to build a deck (simple rectangular shape, small). What's best system/way to install composite decking with no visible screws on top of boards?
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Unread 02-14-2019, 07:18 PM   #2
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What specific decking, Michal? Some of those composite manufacturers have their own hidden fastening systems. Similar fastener systems can be used with square-edged boards with the use of a plate joiner or router.
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Unread 02-15-2019, 07:13 PM   #3
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They are selecting from 3 manufacturers. I will have the answer next week, thank you,
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I was able to price composite boards with and without grooves cut into the edges to allow for the clips to attach them at every joist.

Of course, the cost is much higher for the boards, and for the clips. They don't seem like much individually, but start counting up every intersection between deck board and joist and it adds up quickly.

In the end, I found it easier and cheaper to simply take a materials list to the local hardware store and they gave me the best price. This was for approximately $8G in materials.
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Unread 02-28-2019, 02:43 PM   #5
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I will build deck 8 x 10', 10 is ledger side attached to house, it will be approx. 48" above ground. How many footings and what size do I need on longer 10' side?, can I get away with 2? What size of beam I need between those footings/posts? Thank you, Michal
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It depends. If you're trying to have the least amount of footings, then you'll need heavier lumber. And vice versa.

Which is more important? If a third footer in the center of that 10' run is going to be an eyesore, or the customer just doesn't want it, then you'll need a 2x10 or 2x12 for your rim joist.
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Check out DCA6, the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide, published by the American Wood Council:

https://awc.org/codes-standards/publications/dca6

It answers your questions and more.

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I am doing 3 posts, I will run "skirt" all the way down to hide the structure, so no issue with eyesore... Thank you!
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