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    I'm putting together a new deck calculator. (online)

    It works out stumps, bearers, joists and boards, spacings, lineal, cubic etc. and generates a plan image to show how it fits

    Still testing, and would appreciate suggestions and some testing from people who actually build decks, before I hook it up to the site menu.

    What needs to be added or removed?
    Does the adjusted centres make sense?
    Does the stump set in make sense?
    Does the bearer set in / joist overhang make sense?
    What are some common sizes (stump, bearer, joist, board) to start off with?

    It lives here Deck Calculator

    Thanks for any help and suggestions

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    Bearing in mind that I've never built a deck (about to do a pool deck soon) nor do I have a trade, my comments are:

    * Add a "All measurements in mm" note - might be obvious given the pre-filled data, but if it was a blank canvas and I was a complete novice (might not be your target audience though).

    * On the left it uses Deck/Stump/Board width, then on the right it uses depth and thickness as the measures - this may be a standard but width and height are easier for me to picture when looking at bearers and joists.

    Looks good though.

    - John

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    Thanks John

    I'll take a look at getting all the pieces correctly named.

    The calculator now lives here Deck Calculator - Stumps, Bearers, Joists and Boards


    The other url now goes to the deck board calculator, which calcs different board gap options and running setout measurements

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    You're a clever bugger, Blocklayer. Great calculator.

    I've had a bit of a play with it and it's awesome.

    For me, the only pity is that the gap size can't be set at zero, if it could I would be able to use it for calculating flooring amounts for inside the house.

    Good work fella. Have a cold beer.

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    Thanks Dusty

    The gaps now go down to 0.

    Did you try the separate deck board calculator? Its linked from the page.

    I'll take a lok at making that go down to 0 as well, if you think it needs it?
    Thanks for letting me know it needs altering.

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    No wall you need to do is turn it into a iPhone app and every floorer/carpeter in the world will buy it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by namtrak View Post
    No wall you need to do is turn it into a iPhone app and every floorer/carpeter in the world will buy it!!
    The deck calculator will soon have a mobile version on Construction Calculators Mobile English Imperial

    All the other calculators have mobile versions that are designed for phones (especially the iPhone) and are free to use online.

    No downloads, installs (payments) etc and always the newest version (after I fix them)

    You can run the mobiile site on your desktop, it just looks smaller.


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    Any chance of being able to input more length dimensions, ie for going around corners.
    Now that would be good

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    Need to allow for double bearers.

    Perhaps at the top have a drop down quick selections of common sizes for the components, Stumps, bearers, joists Boards. eg Joists 90x45, 120x45 etc, which then auto fill in, or can be manually entered.

    To take it even further have the capability to enter $/m for each, to quickly compare different configurations for price difference

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    cherub65 - It gets a bit complicated trying to add corners. I'll see what can be done, but it might just make it too difficult to use.
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    bpj1968 - It now has double bearer checkbox. And stump height with lineal and cubic stump. Will look at adding the cost / m and maybe some default size buttons.<O</O
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    Thanks for the suggestions.<O</O
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    What is the best (most common) type of board fasteners and method to calculate?<O</O

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