deck board length/staggering board lengths

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Old 02-27-14, 11:35 AM
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deck board length/staggering board lengths

okay, I have a question... trying to think about costs and wanting to keep things as simple as possible. I'm building an "L" shaped deck the longest side is approx. 30' (opposite side is about 20') then perpendicular to that I have an run of about 24' then the "L" side is 16' jogs out about 10' then 8'. I've attached a rough drawing of the shape to give you an idea. Anyway, I can't get 20' boards here where I'm at so I need to know what size would be best and how is the best way to stagger the seams?
 
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oh, and the deck boards are running parallel to the longest edge
 
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Old 02-27-14, 11:45 AM
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If you can't get 20's then use 16's. Use the cut off from the end of one row to start the next and repeat. This will cresye a stairstep pattern that will not be very noticible and it makes the best use of materials.
 
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okay... one more question... if i'm doing my math correct that may leave me with only a 2' section at some point. What's the shortest a deckboard should be. Of course that's assuming that the 16' falls on a joist... if not the numbers might be different but main question now is what's the shortest decking should be to finish off a row?
 
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does that make sense? or do i need to try to rephrase it?
 
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Old 02-27-14, 01:28 PM
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I wouldn't use anything shorter than 2'. Usually 32" is the shortest, assuming a 16" on center layout.
 
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