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Step 3: Time to get layin'

Now its starting to take shape. YEAH.

First we want to put something underneath the deck to stop weeds, triffids or "illegal plants" from sprouting and growing up through it.

You can get special fabric but I use old plastic bags. Nothing like recycling.....

Now start screwing down your boards on to your joists. I used specially coated screws so they wouldn't rust but hey, its a free world.

When you put the second one up to it you want to leave a space for rain to drain off and so you can loose coins and keys!

The best way to keep a regular gap is to use carefully designed, purpose made spacers.

Or a couple of off cuts that look right.
Whatever!

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Looks great - Please build my deck.
this deck is really good. keep up the work.
I think this decking is great! Really like the lights, just needs a Patio Heater, Table, Chairs and Not forgetting a good bottle of wine and your set.
In most of the US, spacers are required to be 16" or 24" apart depending on what material you use. Oh, and Home Owners Association (HOA) approval and usually at least a building permit from the county. Any such restrictions in the UK?
I didn't know there would be any retrictions in the US regarding this sort of thing.<br/><br/>There isn't any that I'm aware of over here.<br/>Follow this link for more info.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1115315235239.html">Planning and building regs</a><br/><br/>As always common sense requires a fairly solid structure if you're going to have people walking about on it.<br/><br/>If this isn't accurate please feel free to correct me (nicely)<br/>
Planning Permission for a patio/deck? Thought Holland was overregulated but The Home of the Free beats us everytime! Nice deck, Beado. Wouldn't mozzie-breeding puddles form in your recycled binliners (where did the rubbish go, btw?), or does the slope take care of that?
Although the bags overlap, there is still a gap between which the water can drain. I suppose the permission is in case it spoils your neighbours view of the ground!!! The rubbish from the bin liners was just thrown over next doors fence. (JOKE!!!)
That looks really good!! now you just need a few plant pots (big) and chairs.
Good idea but what i really would like to do is something i saw at a trade fair, a sunken wine cooler!!!!! Instructable please.
Short and sweet. Good job.
oh... oh wow.. just wow. this is just.. AMAZING. all is good, but there is not too many steps. looks great!

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