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zesty

08:20AM | 06/19/99
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I'm building a deck and I have a 20ft span to run the deck boards. I could only get 16ft lengths, should I stagger the joints or split them into 10ft and have one seam in the middle.

Marcus6679

04:54PM | 06/19/99
Staggering the joints can make a nice appearance to your deck, because it will not have a line in the middle that would seem to divide it. A single seam in the middle may cause problems in time if the wood warps in any way. It will make the surface uneven and can cause a tripping hazard. Just be sure if you stagger the joints the ends align directly over a joist so they are supported properly. Good luck.

jorgeb

05:45PM | 07/06/99
you should not buy 16' legnths then piece a 4' section. the joint should be staggered and very few joints should fall on the same joist under the deck. This not only adds to the overall stregnth of the deck but is the most pleasing to the eye. Try to avoid any set, rigid pattern.
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