building garapa deck
I am in the process of re-decking an existing deck. I have received my gorgeous garapa wood from East Teak and its waiting for me to get started.
Before I start laying the boards, I have a few simple questions that Im hoping someone can provide quick answers. I have searched the internet and this forum, but have not found direct answers to these questions. Please help if you can!
What is the proper gap between 5/4 x 6 garapa boards? Ive seen 1/8, 5/32 and 3/16 listed as proper.
What is best to use to simplify keeping that spacing between boards when putting the boards down?
Is gluing to joists recommended? Can boards still be pulled up and reused if needed, or does the gluing make that impossible?
What is the best material to use to shim boards? Parts of my existing frame are warped (board goes up and down); Ive planed down the high areas but if I need a small shim for a board or two, what is recommended? Is it best to use a piece of wood, or can a metal washer suffice? My gap is about 1/8 of an inch.
I plan to run an outline around the deck and I hoped to glue the outline together to make it look continuous. Am I creating a problem by gluing the ends together? I still plan to have the gap on the sides of the board.
Thanks all for your contributions to this forum, Ive learned an awful lot in the last couple weeks.