MAN Magazine Summer 2019



be flush with the exterior frame, so use an extra

pair of hands or packers to keep it in place.

Step 2 - If you are attaching a fascia board,

allow for an overhang and screw through the

third groove in from the outside edge of the deck

board. This will ensure the board is firmly secured

to the decking frame.

Step 6 - Use a set square to extend your 400mm

guide marker down onto the external face. From

this line, measure up 40mm from the bottom and

down 40mm from the top, and mark two pilot

hole guides.

Step 7 - Drill the pilot holes using a 6mm wood

drill bit. Then, drill countersink holes and secure

with 100mm timber drive screws. Repeat this

for the rest of the joists, but always make sure

the top of the joist is flush with the frame before


Step 2 - To attach them, put the nogging into

position and add packers if necessary.

Step 3 - Draw a line down the centre of the

nogging’s position on both of the joists it will join

to. Then, measure and mark pilot hole guides

40mm from the bottom and 40mm from the top

on each side.

Step 3 - For the rest of the boards, always screw

into the second groove from each side and fix to

the frame with 64mm decking screws. Repeat this

at the opposite end of the board, as this will ensure

the board remains straight, and then work down

the board, fixing the screws into each joist below.

Step 4 - To ensure you maintain a gap of

between 5mm and 8mm between each deck

board, create a suitably sized spacer from an

offcut of timber and use it to check that the gap

between boards is equal all the way along.

Step 5 - If you need to cut a deck board to

accommodate an obstacle, create a template and

mark the saw guideline onto the wood, then cut

with a jigsaw.

Step 4 - Drill pilot holes before securing the

nogging with 100mm external timber drive

screws. Once all the noggings are in place, do

any final levelling and check that all joists are

supported at 500mm intervals.

Step 8 - If you have to secure the joist onto an

unexposed side of the frame, drill two skewed

pilot holes on each side before securing with


Step 5 - If your decking has an obstacle, such

as a drain, add extra noggings around it for

additional support.

Adding Fascia Boards

Step 1 - Mark the fascia board with a line at

50mm from each end. Then, from the first 50mm

line, measure out and mark lines at 600mm

intervals down the length of the board.

Step 9 - Once the joists are in place, add the final

30mm screws to each joist hanger. Repeat this

until all of the joists are secure.

Adding Noggings

Laying the Deck Boards

Step 1 - When laying deck boards, it’s best

to pre-drill all holes with a 2mm bit to prevent

damage or splitting. You can also countersink the

holes to get a smoother finish.

Step 2 - Put the fascia into position and place

small offcuts of wood or packers underneath the

fascia to level it. Using the lines that you’ve drawn

as a guide, pre-drill guide holes into the second

groove in from each side. Secure with 64mm

decking screws.

Step 1 - Measure out and prepare enough

noggings so that the distance between them will

never be greater than 1200mm. To avoid having

to skew screws, it’s best to stagger the noggings;

bear this in mind when planning where they will

be positioned.


Go to for ‘How to

assemble deck railings’ and ‘How to

install deck lighting’ guides.


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