Hi all, I’m building a deck for my brother (with plans I got from the various other contributors on this portal). What’s the best way to be able to trace the stormwater pipe and transfer it onto a decking board to get some snug fits?
I am happy that you have found plans for your brother's deck from the Workshop community.
Our resident DIY guru @EricL will be on later this afternoon to suggest ways to create a snug fit for the pipe. We have loads of helpful and experienced community members who can share their knowledge and experience in building decks so let me tag @LePallet, @DIYImpressions, and @Adam_W they may be able to give you a great snug solution.
Looking forward to seeing the final result.
In the meantime, until that professional arrives, an amateur's thoughts.
Position the board - with the edge touching the pipe. That gives us Mark No.1
Then, correctly spaced - with the end touching the pipe - project (ruler/straight edge) the edge of the pipe along the board - which will give us Mark A.
We know the pipe diameter - mark it on the board symmetrically with Mark A in the middle.
A bit of pipe off-cut would help with this.
Jigsaw or coping saw. Same procedure with the other side.
@Bomber25 how about this. Bit of a work and measurement. I would suggest keep this patches separate so that it becomes convenient for you to open the patch (instead of unscrewing the whole plank) to do any repair work on the pipe (if any issues with drainage in future)
Forget what I said above.
Looking closer at your photo - my method would leave you with an annoying piece behind the pipe?
Time for a cuppa. 😞
Thanks @Noyade, I will give that a try and come back with the end result. Appreciate your suggestion.
Hi, @DIYImpressions, I wish I could do that. Unfortunately the whole deck so far is single board lengths. If staggered it would look out of place. Picky brother even though he ‘s not paying for labour…
Yer I knew that I would have to do that, I put a bit of frame behind the pipe already. If I can get a right angled drill bit attachment then I (should) be able to put it in
Further update: looks like I can purchase one of these from Bunnings to do the job.
My apologies for the late reply. My suggested cutting technique is not too far off from @Noyade's suggestion. In order to get a very good cut into your decking panel, I recommend making a cardboard template. Ensure that the cardboard is nice and square before you begin.
Here are the steps:
I've placed an example of the template below, please let me know what you think.
If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.