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Old 08-05-2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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Spacers For Decking


We are currently in the middle of a cedar deck build (our first cedar deck) and I'm trying to find a more efficient and quicker way to complete this project. We are using 8d nails for spacers and it is killing us on time. I want to find something we can just drop in between the deck boards.

I tried to search for a thread I saw a few months ago and came up empty. The thread in question had some pics of a deck that had about a bazillion yellow or orange spacers. I wanted to find out the manufacturer of said spacers. Any help would be great! Thanks!
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why not go buy a sheet of 1/8th inch masonite and rip it into 3 inch strips.
Then ya just drop a few 8 foot pieces between your decking.

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Bang some 8d into a small block of wood and then cut the head off.

Simpson makes plastic spacers the stay after the deck is installed. They have a sloped top and come in different colors. I see them at HD near the hangers/metal connectors.
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I like both ideas, however, I need something that is a little more compact for transport. I don't really want to use something that stays in after the install like the Simpson spacers. If I can't find the thread I saw I might just try the masonite idea. Thanks for the quick replies guys!
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We use heavy strap ties, about 2" wide and various lengths, but we usually use 6' and 5' if we can.
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You could use some wood biscuits.
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This is as close as I
can get.
http://www.contractortalk.com/f50/bow-wrenches-75418/
I have some from Johnson.
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We use heavy strap ties, about 2" wide and various lengths, but we usually use 6' and 5' if we can.

Do you mean like the ratchet straps?
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This is as close as I
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http://www.contractortalk.com/f50/bow-wrenches-75418/
I have some from Johnson.
http://www.johnsonlevel.com/ProductD...&ID=28&pID=106
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This is as close as I
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http://www.contractortalk.com/f50/bow-wrenches-75418/
I have some from Johnson.

Neo-That's the one! Thanks! Where did you find your spacers?
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Thank you Neo!
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Neo-That's the one! Thanks! Where did you find your spacers?
Sometimes Menards has them.
Don't know about Blowes,
I got my first pair at a now
deceased lumber yard.
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Pre-HFS, they all used to give them away.
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Isn't the cedar still wet? Why would you space it if it's just going to shrink?
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Isn't the cedar still wet? Why would you space it if it's just going to shrink?
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The cedar we are using is not extremely wet. Also, the HO wanted spaces. This is the first and last time we offer that option to the HO...lol.
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It may not look as good but a cedar deck will last longer with a wider gap. If the gap is too small dirt/leaves get stuck in there rotting the boards along the edges, seen it more times than I could count. If the wood is fairly dry as you said that's exactly what you should do, put that 3/16" gap in just like Neo's spacer does cause cedar will swell a lot when it gets soaking wet.
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Do you mean like the ratchet straps?
These are probably a lot cheaper then those spacers and don't take up a lot of space.

We use the MST's. Lay them in, slam the board against them and/or use the bow wrench. Done with the row, grab the strap with the claw of your hammer, and move on.


http://www.strongtie.com/products/co...S-HST-LSTA.asp
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Nails are no good because if the board is bowed it will just squeeze around the nail and close up the gap. Apart from that, the gaps are too small.

Buying special spacers is expensive and you have to hang on to them, taking up valuable truck space.

The ripped masonite is by far the best solution except that it can swell with moisture overnight and suddenly everyone can tell where you finished on day one and started on day two.

I only ever use 4.5mm hardie sheeting which I have usually demoed off the job somewhere, it's everywhere, or an offcut from the shed. You can just break it into neat squares over a joist. If you drop one through a gap, who cares, keep going. When you finish, keep em if you want or bin them and make new ones for the next job.

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My speed squares are 3/16". That is what I use for reveals around doors and windows.

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