|The new deck ready for a bar-be-que|
I wanted a place to put the barbie. So I decided to build a deck. Shot edge decking is very nice and very expensive and perhaps a bit too fancy for a barbie – even if it is at La Studio. So I decided to build one out of sleepers. I asked Google to tell me all about it, but Google didn’t seem to know much. So I asked You Tube, but it was unusually vague also. So I asked myself ‘How bloody hard can it be?’ Anyway, I decided to put down 3 sleepers 200 by 75 (the fat ones) by 2.4metres. I had a lovely time getting them level just using my dear old shovel. A little bit off here, a little bit off there – have a beer and think about it and so on. I got there.
|Getting the levels right|
Look at the picture – I even used a spirit level! So to save myself cutting sleepers unnecessarily, I had previously decided that 2.4meters would be a good length. I then decided that 1.8 meters would be a good width so I hunted for some sleepers 150 by 50 by 1.8 but couldn’t find any so I cut down some 2.4’s. The leftovers will be used to make steps down from the deck. Anyway, it was simply a matter of attaching these to the 3 big sleepers. I used 100mm Batten Screws to do this. You need to get the ones marked suitable for treated pine (assuming that like me, you work with the easiest of all timbers)
|Screwing in the deck|
So each of the decking sleepers has 6 batten screws holding it down. As spacers, I just tapped in a decent size nail to each of the bearers removing them as I moved along. I was going to use 19mm timber as spacers, but the Responsible Adult claimed that anyone in Stiletto’s might loose their heel in them. By the time I woke up to the fact that I have never, ever seen anyone in Stiletto’s hanging around a barbie, the deck was half built and it was too late to go back to my plan. To finish up, I gave it a coat of Jarrah decking stain. It isn’t as smooth and neat as a shot edge deck, but should be extremely serviceable to sit a barbie on. Now comes the problem of how I move the barbie from the cubby house verandah to La Studio. I should practice my very best swearing.