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    Hia,

    We have a section of concrete in our garden that we are thinking of getting decking on instead. It's 3m accross x 9m long & thats about all I have sorted at the mo!

    Anyone got any advice on what to do next?

    Do I need to remove all of the concrete somehow or can the decking go ontop of it?

    Where is a good place to get decking from?

    Does it vary much in quality if so what should I be looking out for? I ovbviously want to spend as little as possible but don't want to have to redo it in 2 years cuz the weather has runined it.

    Thanks for any help - as you can tell it's the first time I've needed to do this - It's the 1st garden we've ever owned

    we're thinking of getting someone else to do it for us but we're thinking it might be cheaper if we get the materials & do what work we can.

    Cheers for any advice,
    worto.

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    Just make sure that there are no gaps because decking provides a perfect environment for rats.

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    you can go over the concrete.

    are you raising the area & do you need to put in any supports?

    Dont forget to put down the matting to surpress weeds...we also put stone chippings underneath 1. to surpress weeds & 2 to stop holes occuring due to cinders from the chiminea or ciggie ash.

    Go to your local timber yard... they will cut them to size for ya.

    My OH has done ours & a neighbours...quite simple you could do it yourself

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    Also you can get deck stain...but oil is much better to preserve the life of the wood.

    Use good quality galvanised deck screws too

    Rats under decking.......Bait or Traps?


    http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/colour_temp_misc.gifPOSTED BY: ][COLOR=#123889]5757alan[/COLOR] 1 hour, 50 minutes ago
    Just discoved there is a rat (so probably more) under our decking. Preume baiting is the best option but would be grateful for other suggestions as I have two dogs and a small child. What brand bait works? You hear stories of rats building up resistance or curing themselves by sourcing foods high in vitamin K

    Hi, We got Decking from ebay last year, its really good, my husband put it down think we paid £300 something for 4x4 metres

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    Thanks for all the info guys, I'll have a look at it when I get home.

    To answer your question OT

    are you raising the area & do you need to put in any supports?'



    Is there any advantage to raising it? I guess it looks better raised if not it'll just look like we've put floorboards down in the garden instead of grass? I take it most people raise it?

    worto.

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    worto03;2147403

    Thanks for all the info guys, I'll have a look at it when I get home.To … Thanks for all the info guys, I'll have a look at it when I get home.To answer your question OTIs there any advantage to raising it? I guess it looks better raised if not it'll just look like we've put floorboards down in the garden instead of grass? I take it most people raise it?worto.


    You must raise it by at least an inch otherwise it will stay sodden underneath and rot very quickly. it needs airflow.

    be nice

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    csiman;2147443

    You must raise it by at least an inch otherwise it will stay sodden … You must raise it by at least an inch otherwise it will stay sodden underneath and rot very quickly. it needs airflow.




    you can just use breeze blocks cemented in..cheap as chips :thumbsup:

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    snowtiger;2147444

    be nice


    que? :?

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    be nice



    eh - who?

    We probably won't go for the breeze block option but thanks for the suggestion I guess it would be raised maybe 1 step up or 2? My GF is likely to do the whole design type thing.

    worto.

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    worto03;2147633

    eh - who? We probably won't go for the breeze block option but thanks for … eh - who? We probably won't go for the breeze block option but thanks for the suggestion I guess it would be raised maybe 1 step up or 2? My GF is likely to do the whole design type thing.worto.


    just get some 2 x 1inch exterior treated wood and put this on a plastic membrane that has some drainage holes in.

    csiman;2147631

    que? :?



    worto03;2147633

    eh - who? We probably won't go for the breeze block option but thanks for … eh - who? We probably won't go for the breeze block option but thanks for the suggestion I guess it would be raised maybe 1 step up or 2? My GF is likely to do the whole design type thing.worto.


    Ignore me .... Just me being silly ..... (decking as in thumping/knocking someone out !:w00t:)

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    Ignore me .... Just me being silly ..... (decking as in … Ignore me .... Just me being silly ..... (decking as in thumping/knocking someone out !)



    lol - I think our sense of humour was on diferent planets for a while!

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    snowtiger;2147817

    Ignore me .... Just me being silly ..... (decking as in … Ignore me .... Just me being silly ..... (decking as in thumping/knocking someone out !:w00t:)



    ahhhhhh :-D

    To dredge up an old joke:

    I've been banned from B&Q, but it's not my fault - the guy at the door asked me if I wanted decking, so I got my punch in first!

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    cis_groupie;2148243

    To dredge up an old joke:I've been banned from B&Q, but it's not my fault … To dredge up an old joke:I've been banned from B&Q, but it's not my fault - the guy at the door asked me if I wanted decking, so I got my punch in first!




    Get yer coat...:whistling:

    :giggle:

    worto03;2147633

    My GF is likely to do the whole design type thing.




    There may be trouble a--head .......... :whistling:


    Sit the main beams on thin paving stones and make sure the decking has been pressure treated if ya want it to last :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    right then -

    now the plan is moving on & we're almost at the point of buying the bits we need but we're struggling to work out how to make sure the frame is all level as we're putting it on top of an area of part large slabs & part concrete. Now it's not on a massive slope or anything but I wouldn't have thought it'll be comepletely flat.

    So do we have to smash holes in it to put posts in which we can then build the frame on knowing it's flat or do we level it all off somehow with sharp sand or pea stones? Not smashing up the concrete sounds easier to me!

    If we can use sand or stones how exactly does that bit work - all the guides just say 'level off the ground'
    then they move on!

    Thanks for any help - again!
    worto.

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    just make holes for the frame supports and concrete the posts in once levelled with a spirit level.

    phew decking advice
    i thought we was gonna have a re run of those b&q jokes lol

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    just make holes for the frame supports and concrete the posts in once … just make holes for the frame supports and concrete the posts in once levelled with a spirit level.



    this is the current plan, how deep do we have to dig the holes - we were thinking about a foot?

    i thought we was gonna have a re run of those b&q jokes lol



    lol - I almost made a new thread as I didn't think anyone would see this unless they sorted by discussed but I was too scared that the jokes would come back!

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    a foot is more than enough. six inches would be enough if you concrete them in. Its only a support for decking, not a house

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    lol - 6 inches it is then! Thanks for all your help - It says I need to spread some rep around before I can rep you again but I'll come back to you.

    It's lucky for you that you live 200 miles away from me or I might have tried to hire you!

    Cheers.

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    worto03;2175314

    lol - 6 inches it is then! Thanks for all your help - It says I need to … lol - 6 inches it is then! Thanks for all your help - It says I need to spread some rep around before I can rep you again but I'll come back to you.It's lucky for you that you live 200 miles away from me or I might have tried to hire you!Cheers.


    LOL. I have only done 2 decks so by no means an expert. This guide is better than me:-

    gardenadvice.co.uk/gui…pdf

    remember the supports should be big (e.g 3 x 3 inches square) and use galvanised screws, not nails!

    I'm pretty sure decking does not fall under any LA general development orders and is an exception to every rule so technically you need planning permission first
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