This tip from our gazebo project will help you install a flat deck. HANDY Magazine Contractor, Mike Conner, explains how to identify the crown direction of t

I would say crown side up and shed water. The deck Crown side down though helps prevent the boards from warping as much because the frame stops it from warping. Its easier for I've read that Technically dried wood cups opposite direction of growth rings and that is the reason for bread board ends.

Then looking down the top edge, if the center of the lumber rises or curves upward then that edge is the crown. When installing the floor and ceiling joists or roof rafters it is very important to install them with the crown up. When framing the walls while they are laying down it is also very important to nail up

Bowed or crowned joists can be hard to level with the rest of your deck joists. The Deck Devil board straightener does so many tasks including pulling down a very tough and nasty bowed 2x8. Normally a good size clamp would be needed. Rather than carrying many different tools, the Deck Devil does this

Ledger boards are attached to the structure and used to secure the deck to the wall of the building. Beams span across the post and allow the joist to rest on top. Rim boards are joists you install along the outside perimeter of the deck, while the header board is a joist you install on the opposite end of the ledger board to help founder, Tim Carter, shows how to look down a wide piece of lumber to check for crown. Crown is the hump you'll often see in a p

Installing framing lumber with the crowns pointing in the same direction is the best we can do to ensure flat surfaces in our framing. On a long floor deck, spacing sheets of subflooring apart 1 8 inch can start to force the plywood off of the framing layout and it won't be long before the subflooring doesn't

Jan 1, 1997 R. Bruce Hoadley, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of Understanding Wood , replies: The which-side-up question has been much It has also been argued that the heart side of the boards rots more slowly than the bark side, so the heart side should be installed facing up.

As carpenters build a floor or a wall, it is important that they pay attention to crowns. You want the curvature or crowns of all pieces of lumber in a wall or a floor to point the same direction. In the case of floors, you absolutely want the crowns of the joists to point to the sky after the joists are nailed in place. When walls are

This is Part 8 of 9 in our Series on Restoring Wood Decks and Building New Wood Decks. Navigate to the Now, assuming you have set your posts plumb and square with the beams level, it's time for due diligence on your joist installation. (Tips on posts and The crown will not be the same for each board. Arrange the

After selecting a straight piece of lumber for the ledger board, the ledger is bolted to the house's framing. Given the potential for injury Later on, when you install the decking and furniture, the extra weight will work to flatten out the crowns resulting in not only a consistent but also flat floor surface. Solid Blocking: Blocking