Take the hard work out of deck construction and have one up and ready to use before lunch, thanks to ingenious Handi Blocks, $19 each.
Using Handi Blocks greatly speeds up the construction process as they can be positioned directly on the ground without the need to sink posts and wait for concrete to set.
Designed to accept 35mm to 100mm joists or bearers and 90mm and 100mm posts, they are made from strong and light Evo-Crete.
Each Handi Block only weighs 8kg but can support up to 780kg and they are suitable for building a low-level deck under one metre high.
If you have a level patch of lawn or yard, a standard 3 x 3m deck can be built and stained by two people in an hour. Visit evolvecomposites.com.au to watch the demonstration video.
TIP: Contact your local building authority to make sure your deck design and materials are approved before starting construction.
Prepare the site by clearing all vegetation and debris then use a spirit level and 3000mm long straightedge to check for level. Sketch a plan of the deck, making sure block placement matches local building standards and practices.
Position the blocks to match the required span and spaced at 450mm or 600mm centres. Position joists on the blocks, cut the joist ends to the required angle then secure an outside trimmer to the joist ends.
Add the decking by starting from one side, keeping boards flush with the back and overhanging the trimmer. Secure the boards, mark the overhang to match the trimmer and cut with a circular saw then clad the trimmer.
Lay decking in a corner using instant foundation blocks, cutting the joists and boards at an angle to fit.