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Old 04-23-2015, 07:41 PM   #21
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You are correct in not needing to layout out the entire border. I was more meaning layout to find the inside corner where a full board starts if that makes sense. From there it's just running decking.

I've only done a couple decks that weren't just basic PT decks so I'm not saying that this is the best way. But it has worked well for me so far.
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Yeah, the composite w/o the inherent imperfections normally accepted in real wood, has me treating the diagonals to borders spacing more carefully.
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:02 PM   #22
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I cut in all the borders and seam boards first, mark where they go, remove them run all my decking wild except where I can't get my track saw, then cut everything at once. Then replace all the borders. Cutting one 45 at a time isn't only very slow it has a tendency to get the "saw tooth" effect. since I'm cutting in the borders first, and if there isn't a post in the miter I can run a saw Blade through the miter. "Marrying them". Not having decking in the way makes this possible. Where the challenge will be with composite and the tc-g clips is getting the "nose" and "heel" to line up with each other on each side of the seam board.
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I'll have a lot of people looking over my shoulder on this job and need to nail it right.
As I was making cuts today for the spines on that deck the HO was literally standing over me and then asked 'do I bother you watching everything?'....nah dude, don't mind a bit
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Like this
Can i ask why you run your blocking on the flat? It would be a potential rot area in my climate.
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That's one reason for the decent size gaps between the flats. But mainly because it gives us a large area for the diagonal boards to land on. We could have sistered joist or something along those lines but just went with this
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That's one reason for the decent size gaps between the flats. But mainly because it gives us a large area for the diagonal boards to land on. We could have sistered joist or something along those lines but just went with this
We account for one joist 1" from the diagonal edge, during layout. That way regardless of the angle length you still have 1.5" to fasten to. Then we just ladder block with little joists between them.
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I do it like Mike. I did find out some flat blocking in the corners saves some problems when you end up with a baby sized triangle.
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.....since I'm cutting in the borders first, and if there isn't a post in the miter I can run a saw Blade through the miter. "Marrying them". Not having decking in the way makes this possible. Where the challenge will be with composite and the tc-g clips is getting the "nose" and "heel" to line up with each other on each side of the seam board.
I've done this with 5/4 wood before and it takes some stress out of having to 'nail' that perfect miter cut. You're just losing the kerf.

We're only flat blocking the corners by the posts. The rest of the opposing borders are short/ladder blocked.
We have the OK to face screw the border boards, thankfully.
All double border boards need a jigsaw because of the posts.

I wished the post shirts were wider...
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your supposed to deck and then rail
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your supposed to deck and then rail
These posts are in concrete and run up thru deck.
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I use cortex on borders. They are damn near invisible if you take the time to line the grain up.
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These posts are in concrete and run up thru deck.
Why? just makes ur work harder.
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We wound up truing a board on a table saw and using it as a fence with a solid circ saw and everything went well. The border boards laid right in where we wanted them.
Lots of stress and prep...and she looks magazine-beautiful.
If we were doing many more of these diagonal inlays, I would spring for the $1300-1500 track saw system.
Anyway, I do appreciate the help.
She has a fork in her now....
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Really? Not even one pic?
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We wound up truing a board on a table saw and using it as a fence with a solid circ saw and everything went well. The border boards laid right in where we wanted them.
Lots of stress and prep...and she looks magazine-beautiful.
If we were doing many more of these diagonal inlays, I would spring for the $1300-1500 track saw system.
Anyway, I do appreciate the help.
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I use the track saw for more than just border and breaker boards. I run all my decking wild off the frame and drop the track and cut it. I used to freehand it and I was plenty good at it but the tracksaw makes it brainless. I can drop the track and stop midway to answer the phone/sneeze/pick my nose/etc and the cut doesn't get messed up.

Track saws are requirements for a high end deck building company. If you're blowing out track decks then don't worry about it.
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Much like track homes, around here most track homes come with an 8x10 deck that lasts for 5-10 years, there's no craftsmanship at all, it's all about speed.
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