Installing a timber decking

Job description:

Installing a timber decking is a good way of creating a comfortable atmosphere in your garden; you can have multilevel platforms which make your garden design more exciting. A deck will maximise your garden space and create an area where you can relax with your friends and family.

Skill level: 2 – Intermediate

Materials required:
  • Wooden Decking
  • 6 x 2 joists
  • 4 x 4 posts
  • Base and hand rail
  • Spindles
  • Mural posts
  • Tape Measure
  • Spirit level
  • Hand tools for digging
  • Hard brush
  • Handsaw
  • Flip saw/Chop saw
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Hand drill 18V
  • Hand drill 240/110V
  • 6" and 5" galvanised nails
  • Hand drill 18V
  • 75mm and 50mm decking screws
  • Skip
  • Groundcover

Step by step guide to installing your garden decking.

1. First measure the area of the location to be decked.

2. Calculate the amount of wooden decking required by the width x the length.

3. Clear the area of all debris and level ground.

4. Lay ground cover.

5. Build framing out of the 6 x 2 to form shape and sizes you wish.

6. Place framing over the ground cover

7. Raise decking of the ground by min of 6" to stop the framing rotting but can be put in at door to form a flat base out side a patio door or to give a area out side a slope area to give that area back to put garden furniture on.

8. Once the area has been levelled out by the framing to give the area you wish to be decked put in the mural posts to form the hand rail.

9. Lay the decking board. If your using full boards to a square deck then leave a hang over of 3" from the end of each board if using smaller boards stagger the joints.

10. Place the base rail between the mural posts screwing down to decking boards.

11. Using one of the spindles level of the hand rail fixing the spindles to the hand rail at 100mm or 4" between each spindle repeat this round the deck leaving a space to enter the deck from the garden.

12. If needed build a step at the garden entrance part from the 6 x 2 and decking boards if needed in the same way put a hand rail down the step.

13. Dress off down the side of the decking with the decking boards as this area under the deck once closed off can be used for storing garden tools or kids out door toys or kids den again depending on space or height.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.