Installation

Typical Installation

  1. Space the joists, allowing for 1-2mm under-hang on each of the long sides. Note the joists we supply should only be used on levelled road base or concrete.
  2. Ensure you stagger the joists for strength. Recommended that the joists are 350mm apart for commercial applications and 400 – 500mm apart for residential. Smaller the distance between results in less flex and more strength
  3. Pre-drill and fix the joists in place
  4. Create a jig on the dropsaw to ensure that each board is cut accurately
  5. Begin with the first board and skew the drill into the groove in the joists to hold the first board in place
  6. Place the black spacers firmly in the groove, where the joists are and pre-drill into the V-Grooved centre and fasten
  7. Tap the boards with a rubber mallet if they are not straight, ensure .5 -1.5mm under-hang at all times
  8. Continue with the next board until the span is complete
  9. Add the right angle decorative cap, pre-drill, countersink and screw both sides*

Note that composite decking along with real wood tends to expand and contract, depending on the weather and moisture content. Past composites were notorious for this but the ingredients are much more stable which results in less contraction. You should allow for expansion and contraction if your deck will be exposed to direct sunlight. Please allow 5mm each side of your deck and ensure your ABS clips are not over-tapped in.

Handling & Care

While ECW boards are considered non dangerous and a non hazardous substance. There are some precautions that should be in place.

Store in a cool, shaded area, away from direct sunlight. Avoid inhaling the dust generated when cutting your boards. It is recommended that safety boots are worn, overalls, safety glasses and a dust or respirator with a dust filter which meets the AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716 standards.

Skin contact: If skin or hair contact occurs, wash with soap and water. If swelling, redness, blistering or irritation occurs seek medical assistance.

Eye contact: If dust enters eyes, wash out immediately with water. In all cases of eye contamination it is a sensible precaution to seek medical advice.

Video displaying best practice installation techniques


 


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