I've been a silent viewer of this amazing forum and finally decided to get my first D.I.Y going after a lot of procrastination. I have a small outdoor area and want to build a deck there.
I have looked through a couple of amazing projects and got quite a good understanding of how to proceed,
I do have a few questions which i'm hoping this forum would be able to help,
Do i need to anchor the frame to the brick? Will it suffice if i anchor the frame to the concrete floor using angle brackets and concrete dynabolts?
Its an open area so the deck will need to face the elements? Do I need to use H3 or H4 timber?
I want the deck to sit flush with the brick in height (200 mm). I plan to use merbau to finish the deck (https://www.bunnings.com.au/specrite-90-x-19mm-2-25m-fj-merbau-decking-5-pack_p0064530) which has an height of 19 mm. I need to make up another ~180 mm in height. I can't find a suitable H3 or H4 sleeper in that height. Does that mean i will need to get the 200mm sleeper and cut it to fit?
I did find cypress sleepers which are 150 mm added to the merabu of 19 mm. And for the rest, I plan to use packers. Is cypress a good option for the frame?
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @TrixtanR. Many thanks for your questions, I'd be pleased to assist.
You do not need to anchor the frame to the brick, however, if the brick is square then it is a great place to start from as it adds rigidity to the deck.
H3 treated pine is suitable for above ground use. If it is in close proximity to the concrete you should use plastic packers to raise it up allowing water to run off and air to circulate.
You can use Treated Pine Outdoor Timber Framing 140 x 45mm, Specrite 90 x 19mm 2.25m FL Merbau Decking 5 Pack and Dunnings 65 x 130 x 65 x 5mm M12 Galvanised Angle Bracket. That will leave you with a gap of 36mm for air circulation and drainage.
Please let me know if you need further assistance or had other questions.
Thank you Mitchell for that.
Two more questions if you don't mind,
Would I need to leave some space between the brick and the deck for drainage?
And how much space do I need to leave between each Merbau deck to allow for expansion?
Thanks in advance!
You will need to prevent moisture buildup between the ledger board and the brick. You can butt the ledger board up against the brick but this would require flashing and sealant. As the bricks have sunken mortar joints it would be difficult to achieve a great result with this method. Instead, I would advise you to leave at least a 25mm gap between the deck and the brick to allow for drainage and stop moisture build-up at the wall.
On a 90mm decking board, a 3-4mm gap between them is sufficient for expansion.
Your suggestion for this project is to make the decking independent to the brick?
Is 5-mm gap enough for a 140mm merbau decking?
In the project, we cannot avoid cutting off a joist at somewhere by using a saw. Then two untreated cross sections are exposed to the air. Do we need to seal them for longer lifespan? And what type of product can do so?
The decking does not need to be independent of the brick, it can be bolted to it, but there needs to be a gap left in between them or a flashing placed over the ledger.
A gap of five to six millimetres between 140mm Merbau decking boards will be sufficient.
You will need to seal any cuts ends to ensure the longevity of the timber. TWA Woodcare 300g Ecoseal Tanalised Timber Treatment is the appropriate product to restore any exposed ends to the original level of treatment.
Please let me know if you need further information or had questions.