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The deck boards can be laid straight, or at a 45 degree angle. Options include pressure treated wood, cedar, or composite from many different manufacturers.

26. Framing a Deck Around a Pool

Framing around pools is very similar to framing around hot tubs that are set on concrete pads. Before finalizing deck plans, consult pool manufacturer’s specifications for decking. You will need to allow for specific clearances and access to any necessary equipment, etc. Set up the pool frame before constructing deck if possible.

25. Framing a Deck for Hot Tub Installation

Hot tubs and spas require more support per square foot than an empty deck, or one with only benches and other furniture. This is known as the “live load” and is measured as pounds per square inch. You will need to check your local building codes to determine what type of footing your hot tub requires.

24. Framing an Arch or Curve on Your Deck

Large deck with curved front edge.

To frame an arch, or curve along the edge of your deck, your joists need to be long enough to cover the range of the curve. The curve itself can be laid out using a string, or light piece of lumber as a compass.

13.2 CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System

Unlike specialty clip systems and other hidden hardware, the CAMO hidden fastener system uses a more traditional approach. Rather than fastening from underneath, which can be challenging and time consuming, the CAMO fasteners simply screw through the edge of the board and driven down into the joist below on an angle. This means the CAMO system can be installed using standard tools and from above.


15.8 Decking: Perimeter Boards

Another type of board patterning involves the use of decking laid parallel to the edge of the deck frame, in areas where the ends of the decking boards would simply be cut to match the frame, leaving exposed ends.

Perimeter borders serve three primary purposes:


15.7 Decking: Pattern Boards

While neat rows of decking can give a clean and simple appearance, adding some patterns to your decking can provide more visual interest, simplify installation on large decks that run more than one direction, or even help maximize deck materials to reduce cost.


15.6 Decking: Scribing Decking to Stone

Deck boards scribed along a stone wall.

When uneven surfaces butt up to the deck surface, you will need to scribe the edge, or end of the board where it meets the stone, or other rough face.

Pro Tip

The easiest way to do this is to use a drawing compass, or a thick wooden dowel to transfer the line of the surface onto your material.


15.5 Decking: Laying Deck Boards Around a Bump Out

While many homes have flat walls adjoining the deck, frequently the construction will have corners and “bump outs” for doors, windows, chimneys and other architectural features. The best way to install decking is from the outside edge in, so that any “scribed” pieces are ripped to width to fit along the wall of the house, so that the rough edge is hidden. Bump outs present a challenge to this.


15.3 Decking: Installing Shadoe Track

Installing Shadoe® Track is a 3 step process:

  1. Screw Shadoe® Track to the top of each joist using "Tru-Hold" screws. The track should be flush with the top of the joist, and flat along the side of the joist. Adjacent joists should have the joints between the track pieces staggered.
  2. Install the deck boards one at a time.

15.2 Decking: Composite Deck Boards

Maintenance free decking materials vary in expansion and contraction and use many different fasteners. Be sure to check the manufacturer specifications before beginning installation. If the decking has not been installed properly (according to the manufacturer instructions) the warranty may not be honored.

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