calculating for simple deck


Old 09-30-00, 10:05 PM
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How many 2x6 pieces will I need to re-do my deck floor which is very simple: 10'3"x10'3", BUT, they run diagonally, not straight across. I'm also planning on using one of the artificial wood decking products; any input on them? Thanks, mike.
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Old 10-01-00, 12:23 AM
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At 10'-3" square you have about 105 sq. ft. so you will need about 210 linear feet of 2X6 to cover it. I would get 240', in 16' lengths. By running them diagonally there will be more waste. You can always return any you don't use. Since you are running the decking diagonally, place your joists on 16" centers. Otherwise, your deck boards will be overspanned, and the deck will feel springy when you walk on it.
Old 10-01-00, 02:33 AM
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Lefty is right. You have to remember, running the boards at an angle, you can figure on about 1/3 waste. The artificial products all seem to work good, it is just kind of a personal preference.
Old 10-01-00, 04:49 AM
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Thanks, Lefty and Jack. The reason I have to do it diagonally is because the townhouse association requires us to keep everything original, and that's how it was when I moved in. Thanks again.

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