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
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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.

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Health & Safety

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 that 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.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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