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    Is despreate need of advice. I'm in the process of attempting to build a deck off our alfresco. The alfresco is not level. It gradually slopes about 3mm from one corner to the other. I have attempted to dyno bolt a piece of timber into slab as my 'level' point for all other measurements, but it's not working. I don't want the decking boards sitting about the alfresco as a trip hazard. It's a close to ground deck. Have to go 2 90x45 as the bearers.
    Are there any tricks to fixing this issue?
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    3mm over what distance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla73 View Post
    3mm over what distance?
    Over 4m

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    Tolse ... happy to attempt to help in some way. Having difficulty understanding your post. Do you care to rephrase? A few photos would help too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolse View Post
    Is despreate need of advice. I'm in the process of attempting to build a deck off our alfresco. The alfresco is not level. It gradually slopes about 3mm from one corner to the other. I have attempted to dyno bolt a piece of timber into slab as my 'level' point for all other measurements, but it's not working. I don't want the decking boards sitting about the alfresco as a trip hazard. It's a close to ground deck. Have to go 2 90x45 as the bearers.
    Are there any tricks to fixing this issue?
    Thanks
    Troy
    3mm?

    You'll have to pull the alfresco down and start again!

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    I'm trying to set out for a deck that will come off our alfresco. The height of the alfresco differs at different points. It essentially has a fall from one corner to another. When I measure down the height of the boards and joists, I don't get the same height from the ground all the way along the alfresco. This is making it hard to set heights for the stirups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolse View Post
    I'm trying to set out for a deck that will come off our alfresco. The height of the alfresco differs at different points. It essentially has a fall from one corner to another. When I measure down the height of the boards and joists, I don't get the same height from the ground all the way along the alfresco. This is making it hard to set heights for the stirups.
    Just prop your bearers level then it's easy to work out what you need to do with your stirrups.

    Or hire a laser level if you don't have one

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    Have you put a spirit level on the edge of the alfresco? Seems to me you are expecting the ground to be level and it probably won't be

    Edit: Maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla73 View Post
    3mm over what distance?
    Answer #3 now showing.

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    Still a bit obscure to me but if you are wanting to build a deck that must match an existing flooring (concrete? Timber? Tiles?) and you have 3mm fall (from side to side?) in 4 meters, you are in luck. All you need to do is match this negligible fall with your bearer next to the "al fresco".
    If you are struggling to get the stirrups levelled, you must change technique.
    Screw the stirrups to your bearer, (or post and post to bearer) dig the holes for the concrete under the stirrups, set the bearer on bricks and use plywood to level until you are satisfied. The stirrups or the post with stirrup attached will dangle in the hole in the ground. Fix the bearer in position with a couple of short star picket and tie with wire. once all is set in place, concrete careful not to bump the bearer and leave it alone for a day.
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