using spacers to lay a deck board border

Picture Frame Deck Edging | by Seven Trust

The exposed end grains of deck boards can begin to look pretty rough over time. Many will crack and split, and some will cup. An effective method of finishing a deck surface is to install a trim board around the perimeter of the deck. This technique is also called picture framing or racetrack decking.

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Installing New Deck Boards Over a Solid, Existing Frame .

When we started laying out the new deck boards, we used 7d nails as spacers between the boards, which allowed for shrinking because they were quite “green” (aka wet). If the boards were dry, we would have used 16d nails as spacers.

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How to Install a Picture-Frame Deck Border - Fine Homebuilding

If you choose to surround your deck with a picture-frame border, it can be installed before or after the field decking. One technique is to install the field decking first, letting the ends run long then cut them all at once to accommodate the border. The advantage of this method is that it saves time over cutting and fitting each board to length.

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Deck Board Spacing & Installation Tips (DIY) | Family Handyman

Chisel technique with nails used for decking spacers Start nails into the deck board. Drive a 3/4-in. wood chisel into the joist and tight to the edge of the deck board with the bevel facing you. Pull back on the chisel until the deck board is tight to your spacer and drive the nails.

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How to Install Pressure Treated Wood for a Deck | Lonza

Proper flashing or spacers should be used between all adjacent structures and the deck. Cover upper ends of posts with post caps or cut them at angles to shed water. Before capping or after cutting, apply topical preservative solution to ends.

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Picture Frame Decking Tip - Beautify a deck

This picture frame decking style has the advantage of not having to worry about the corner joints separating like in a 45 degree miter joint frame. This illustration shows two courses of perimeter framing border boards. You could just as easily use a single board to make your border. But there is absolutely no denying that it looks really nice.

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