Question about installing cedartone deck boards


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Old 05-28-13, 05:51 PM
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Question about installing cedartone deck boards

Hey all, I just finished framing my deck and I'm wondering if I am supposed to leave space between the deck boards when I install them. I've heard everything fom no spacing, to using a 16d nail as a spacer, to 1/8", but I'm not sure which is appropriate for cedartone boards 5/4x6". Thanks for your help/advice!
 
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Old 05-28-13, 06:41 PM
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Ok so whats Cedar tone?
If it's a composite then a 16D will be fine.
 
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Old 05-28-13, 07:26 PM
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No space is a bad idea unless you have the whole thing pitched for water to run off. Even then, I would not go no space. 16D nail is fine by me as well.
 
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Old 05-29-13, 04:11 AM
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The 'no space' works well for wet PT wood or fresh cut wood - anything that is wet and will shrink as it dries which then leaves a gap. The decking on my covered porches is sawmill pine/poplar which was installed as tight as I could get it. The gaps range from 3/16"-1/2"

With the exception of T&G, you always want a gap both for drainage and air circulation! The deck will last longer and look better that way as dirt won't accumulate in the cracks.
 
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Old 05-29-13, 12:51 PM
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Joe, here's some info on cedar tone lumber https://www.midwestmanufacturing.com...neBrochure.pdf

Would it make sense to leave the same gap between the house and the first deck board?

Thanks for the help guys!
 
 

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