Project Overview

Building an outdoor deck is an easy way to expand the living and entertaining area in your home. A well-built deck can create a lasting focal point for your outdoors that adds value to your home. We’ll show you the tools you need and some simple tips on building an outdoor deck.  

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build a deck
Effort Required

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This type of project will keep you busy over a few evenings and weekends

 

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the merbau decking to size
2 Line up the first piece of decking
3 Secure the first piece of decking
4 Lay the second piece of decking
5 Lay the rest of the decking
  • Step 1. Cut the merbau decking to size

    Before you start cutting the deck, measure the width of the area to determine how many pieces of decking you need. When cutting the decking to size, make sure you wear the right safety gear. Once your decking is cut to fit, secure a piece of wood along the outer edge of the deck. This will make the decking flush to the edge.

  • Step 2. Line up the first piece of decking

    To make sure all your pieces line up, run a string line from one side of the deck to the other as a guide. Start by laying the first piece of decking hard up against the wall. Then using the Camo fastener as a spacer, get your decking in position and mark where the end of the first piece meets your timber edge. Hammer in a nail at this point and do the same on the other end of the decking. Then tie off the string line to the nails. 
  • Step 3. Secure the first piece of decking

    Using the Camo fastener and drill, secure the screws through the side of the decking into the joist. You need to do this so that there is a screw at every joist. If your first piece of decking is up against a wall, secure it to the joists by screwing through the top of your decking, close to the wall. Then remove the string line. 
  • Step 4. Lay the second piece of decking

    Lay the second piece of decking next to the first, using the Camo fastener as a spacer between the boards. Then secure the decking as before, drilling your screws into both sides using the Camo fastener as your guide. Repeat this process along the decking piece at every joist.

  • Step 5. Lay the rest of the decking

    Lay down the next piece of decking. Repeat the process using your Camo fastener and drill until you have completed laying all of the decking.

Get council approval forms 01:00

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Man bolting temporary timber guides in place 04:24

Decking How to set out a deck Before you can build a deck, it’s important to do the groundwork. We’ll show you how to measure and run string lines to mark the height of your deck and position of your stumps.

Install other bearers 03:47

Decking How to install bearers and stumps for a deck To install an outdoor deck, you’ll need a solid foundation. We’ll show you how to sink the stumps and attach the bearers for your foundation.

Person cutting a check-out in the wall plate 02:57

Decking How to install joists for a deck Installing the joists for your decking is an important step in the project. We’ll show you how to install the joists that will form a strong foundation for your deck.

lay decking 02:46

Decking How to lay decking You can make the most of your outdoors and add real value to your home with a deck. We’ll take you through the steps involved in laying merbau decking.

Pre-drill holes to attach decking 05:17

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Deck lights connected to power 02:07

Lighting How to install deck lights Turn your deck into a space you can use night and day. This video will show you how to install lights into your decking.

Person cleaning the deck with high pressure water cleaner 02:46

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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