Install Decking with Wood Plugs

This method of Brazilian hardwood decking installation involves screwing the deck boards directly into the joists, and then hiding the screw holes with wood plugs. This creates a flawless deck surface that showcases the natural beauty of the wood.

1.   Countersink 3/8" holes into face of deck boards.

2.   Predrill 1/8" pilot holes completely through the deck boards.

3.   Screw the deck boards down with stainless steel screws.

4.   Glue ipe plugs into the holes with waterproof glue (i.e. Epoxy, Gorilla Glue, etc.).

5.   Knock off plug tops with a chisel.

6.   Sand smooth with 80 grit sandpaper (a round orbit sander works great).

Consult with a professional deck builder in your area. Compliance with your city's building department codes is essential to ensuring your deck passes inspection. Reference your local building department's deck building codes prior to installation.

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