decking spacing for pressure treated lumber

Old 07-11-03, 07:49 AM
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Question decking spacing for pressure treated lumber

I am using pressure treated yellow pine that is wet. Should I use a nail to set the spacing properly now or can I butt the decking boards together so that when they shrink the spacing will be ok? I am afraid that if I space them while they are wet they will shrink and leave large gaps.
Old 07-11-03, 08:31 AM
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You should be just fine butting them up together. That what we did and I have seen that same advice elsewhere. A year later and in a dry spell our gap is no more than 1/2".

Old 07-13-03, 04:20 PM
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The only thing you run into is some of the boards are usually greener than others and shrink a bit different but that's gonna happen whether you buttem' tight or space 'em. You didn't mention a tree but if your deck will be under one I would space the boards a bit so the final space is enough to make it easy for the leaves and small twigs to be cleaned out.
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