Can I use scaffold boards as decking?

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Ilfordjedi, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. Ilfordjedi

    Ilfordjedi New Member

    Anyone tried this? I find the cost of proper decking boards a bit out of my budget but I can get hold of some good quality scaffold boards for not a lot of money. Is it worthwhile?
    cheers.
     
  2. Charlie Far!ey

    Charlie Far!ey New Member

    I've done it and it works well. Space them ½" apart, Chamfer the edges and sand the surface with a floor sander and they are great but dont have the soft 'underfoot' feel that decking affords but then they are a lot cheaper than decking. I treated them with Sadolin and they are still looking good after three years. They do expand a bit but that is accommodated by the ½" spacing.

    The people who it was done for have since asked if we would quote their neighbours for a similar project.

    Remember to use tanalised floor joists and decking screws.

    ;)
     
  3. Lightning McQueen

    Lightning McQueen New Member

    Don't forget to support them every 1200mm or else you will have very bouncing decking.
     

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