How to Install Wood Deck Boards
By: Danny Lipford
Building a wood deck makes a great DIY project for your home. Here are some tips when laying the deck boards.
- When using pressure treated wood that’s still saturated with preservative, install the boards without a gap between them. As the wood dries, it will shrink, leaving a small gap between each board.
- Orient the deck boards so the growth rings in the end grain have the arc facing up.
- When nailing into the end of deck boards, turn the nail over and tap the point with a hammer to blunt the nail and prevent splitting.