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How to build decking: part 1 - setting out the area

Building and laying decking is a fantastic way to create a whole new look for your garden. In this first of our three in-depth video how to guides, DIY expert Craig Phillips demonstrates how to set out the area in your garden in preparation for building the frame for your decking.

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How to build decking: part 1 - setting out the area

How to build decking: part 1 - setting out the area

Tools you’ll need

  • Tape measure
  • String line
  • Hammer
  • Pegs
  • Anchor bolts
  • Galvanized screws
  • Stakes
  • Spirit level
  • Ratchet set
  • Galvanised angle brackets
  • Decking
  • Treated timber
  • Power tools – chop saw

If you would like to tackle this garden design project, you’ll also need to watch the following guides to laying decking:
How to build decking: Building the frame (part 2 of 3)
How to build decking: Laying the boards (part 3 of 3)

  • <b>Step 1: Measure and mark the decing area</b>

    Step 1: Measure and mark the decing area

    Measure the length and width of your required area. You can use a string line to help take an accurate measurement. Use stakes as corner markers to keep the string line square and symmetrical to the building.

  • <b>Step 2: Distinguish height and level of decking boards</b>

    Step 2: Distinguish height and level of decking boards

    Make the decking flush to your inside flooring. Use joists sitting on beams bolted to the wall - the ledger - and posts supporting the other end.