Tell Me Decking...

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Tell Me Decking...

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:29 pm

I need to do some decking around my Man Mansion at the end of the garden. What do I need to know?

It'll be about 1.5ft above ground at one end, so rats won't be a problem as cats and foxes will get under there.

Other than that, I need to make decisions.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Freddie @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:12 pm

Hidey holes for Rattus Rattus?
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by S1K @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:30 pm

Just throw some old pallets about. Should be okay.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:41 pm

Just do it. We looked for ages at composite stuff, but it was insanely expensive, so just went with whatever fell off the shelf and we just have to remember to clean and oil it once a year.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Hooli @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:13 pm

Do you treat the underside with a fancy paint or anything before putting it down? as that's where I'd assume it rots from if you keep the top treated.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Strawman @ Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:54 pm

I think most of the stuff you can buy is pre-treated with some toxic chemicals to prevent rot, since intended for outdoor use, they add a green die to the wood to distinguish it from indoor use wood.
Or buy a hardwood like oak
e.g

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/English-Green ... Swo4pYYOps
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Il Duce @ Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:58 am

I was told that the non grooved stuff is better than the grooved stuff- re sliperyness.
Mould grows in the grooves and makes it slippery but apparently doesn't on the smooth decking.

I can confirm the grooved stuff is a slippery as an solicitor for eels and why I covered my decking with fake grass.
Many of you will ridicule me, but I no longer have to jetwash-clean-repaint the bastard.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Pigeon @ Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:30 am

Strawman wrote:I think most of the stuff you can buy is pre-treated with some toxic chemicals to prevent rot, since intended for outdoor use, they add a green die to the wood to distinguish it from indoor use wood.
Or buy a hardwood like oak
e.g

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/English-Green ... Swo4pYYOps


That "green" on that listing doesn't mean "dyed green", it means "unseasoned".
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Strawman @ Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:23 pm

Pigeon wrote:
Strawman wrote:I think most of the stuff you can buy is pre-treated with some toxic chemicals to prevent rot, since intended for outdoor use, they add a green die to the wood to distinguish it from indoor use wood.
Or buy a hardwood like oak
e.g

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/English-Green ... Swo4pYYOps


That "green" on that listing doesn't mean "dyed green", it means "unseasoned".


Yes, slightly confusing in the way I worded that.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Hooli @ Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:50 pm

Strawman wrote:I think most of the stuff you can buy is pre-treated with some toxic chemicals to prevent rot, since intended for outdoor use, they add a green die to the wood to distinguish it from indoor use wood.
Or buy a hardwood like oak
e.g

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/English-Green ... Swo4pYYOps


I knew it was treated. But considering you have to retreat the top annually I figured a better treatment underneath would preserve it longer too.
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by NNK @ Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:11 am

I built a 6mx4m deck a couple of months ago, it hasn't collapsed yet so obv I'm an authority on the subject now.
There was a massive discrepancy in pricing for the decking itself, I decided to go right in the middle and buy (whats called here) merchant grade, 25mm pine. The grooved stuff.
When I rang around no one had any, 'Spring mate ? Every bugger builds decks in Spring mate, you wont find any'. Bollocks.
So off I went to the local timber place to look at what they had, it turns out they had just received a delivery of budget decking (99c per metre !) and they thought it was pretty good quality. I bought the F knows how many metres I required and went home, thinking if it lasts 3 years that's great and I'll just replace it. Mate who was helping out looked at it and reckoned it was better than the merchant I was looking at. How true that is I have no idea but it looks ok .
I shall even post a pic tomorrow !
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Re: Tell Me Decking...

Post by Hooli @ Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:07 am

<Roger Moore thread>

I was in B & Q and a bloke asked if I wanted decking.
I got the first punch in & laid him out.

</Roger Moore thread>
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