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    Question Deck Access

    I have a treated pine deck at the back of my townhouse (approx 10 yrs old). There is no way to see under the deck. Though it is about 600mm above the ground, it has retaining walls on all sides. When I had my last pest inspection, the guy said that I should consider putting in a hatch to allow access to check for termites and drainage.

    Can this be done with the current decking? Or would it be necessary to redo the deck with access hatches? The hatches would not be a bad thing to have as I only have a courtyard and no where to store all the garden stuff. I could put soil, pots, bits and pieces under the deck.

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    Would be easy. Lift off a few strips of deck. Create a little opening swinging door. May need to nail another joist onto an existing one to allow for hinges and nailing/screwing of adjacent deck boards.

    Can't see the problem. Would be an easy job and worthwhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrataStruggler View Post
    I could put soil, pots, bits and pieces under the deck.

    Cheers
    The point of the access hatch is to inspect for termites etc..... I wouldnt put soil under there or you may find what you are inspecting for
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    Find an area that is not walked on much like a corner near the door or under a table or ornament.

    Looking down see if you can spot the joists or follow the line of screws to guide you.

    Temporally fix some battens to the slats that will be cut along the centre line of joists, this will prevent the the slats from moving so you can retian the alignment when placing a bracing later.

    After cutting lift the slats and turn them over ready to attach some bracing.

    Now drill and bolt a noggin to the inside of the exposed joists, making sure the top edge in no higher than the original joists,

    Measure the inside measurement between the new noggins and make up bracing timbers and fit them to the underside of the slats removed.

    You now have a neat fitting hatch that is safe to walk on and easy to remove.

    Hope this helps.
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    Great oldsaltzoz! Like the step by step instructions! Should work a treat!
    Cheers

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    Your welcome.
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