Ground Level Decking

28 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom
Firstly, apologies if any of these points have been answered in any previous posts. I have just spent the last hour trawling through previous posts and cannot find the answer which is why I am posting.

I am going to be laying a 3m x 3.2m ground level decking directly on to soil. The soil is very compact and firm and I intended on placing concrete slabs at sufficient intervals and resting the decks joists on these for support.

However, I still have a few questions I would like answered if possible.

The decking will not be attached to anything from either side, in effect it will be a 'floating' deck but I am still worried that as the decking it is still not that big should I achor it to the ground somehow? and if so how? or will the weight of the decking keep it in place?

Secondly, as I said before I will be resting the decking on concrete blocks but should I lay these blocks directly onto the soil or cement them in place to avoid them sinking?

And finally, is there anything else I should take into consideration to avoid damp / rotting / movement that I have not mentioned above?

Any info or help would be really appreciated.

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Having the decking delivered today and looking to get it down as soon as possible so any help on the matter would be really appreciated!

all quite straight forward. the weight of the deck will hold it in place. you can bear it on blocks, but they should be on a concrete bed. we always build our decks on timber legs concreted into the ground. much better

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