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Eye strap STEP 6 Cut handrails to length and use 75mm galvanised screws to fix handrails to posts. Fill all screw holes with exterior wood filler. Let dry, then sand smooth. STEP 7 Paint handrails and deck using self-priming exterior acrylic paint following product instructions. (We used Paperbark for the handrail, posts and roof frame; and Ironstone for the deck. STEP 8 To drill holes in posts for balustrade wires, first make a template out of 3mm plywood strip the same width as the post. Working from 1 end, drill 6mm holes every 80mm down centre of template. Then, 20mm above and below each of these holes, drill a 3mm hole. STEP 9 Clamp template to post so the end you measured from in Step 8 is on the deck. On end posts, for each run of wires, drill through 3mm holes. On intermediate posts, drill through 6mm holes halfway into the post, then move template to opposite side of post to drill through from other side. STEP 10 To create ends on balustrade wires, thread wire through a swage, around a thimble and back into the swage. Pull swage tight against thimble, then use swaging tool to crimp swage around wire. Use wire cutters to cut off any excess. STEP 11 On posts at 1 end of a run of wires, thread eye strap through swaged end created in Step 10. Attach eye strap to post, screwing into small holes drilled in Step 9. Thread wire through intermediate post and create another swaged end (see Step 10) on other end of wire. Make sure you allow for the length of a fully extended turnbuckle when creating the second swaged end. STEP 12 Thread eye strap through eye of turnbuckle and attach to post, screwing into small holes drilled in Step 9. Twist Thimble and swage turnbuckle to make wire taut. Repeat on all wires to complete each straight run of balustrade. Modern interior design ideas STEP 13 Assemble stairs by slotting treads into routed channels in pre-cut stair stringers. Screw 100mm batten screws through stair stringers into treads. Paint stairs in same colours as the deck. STEP 14 Place stairs in position to determine where bottom of stringers will sit. Remove stairs and dig 300mm-deep holes at these points. Mix concrete and place in holes. Leave to set. STEP 15 Reposition stairs, make treads level and temporarily support at bottom. At top of steps, screw through stringers into deck posts. At the bottom, place 150mm bracket on concrete with side against stringer. Drill a 10mm hole in concrete and insert 100mm masonry screw. Drill 10mm hole through bracket and stringer, and bolt together using 75mm hex head bolts, washers and nuts. Repeat for other side of steps. STEP 16 Cut balustrade post for stairs. Clamp post to side of stringer, make plumb then scribe line of stringer on post to get the angle for the cuts at top and bottom. The post should be high enough that when the handrail is attached, its at least 865mm high when measured from the nose of the stair treads. Notch bottom of post to sit over stair stringer and bolt them together. Repeat to create a pair of posts at top and bottom of stairs. Cut handrail and screw to posts. STEP 17 Repeat Steps 10, 11 and 12 to attach balustrade wires to the stairs. STEP 18 To screen underside of deck, paint 90mm treated pine decking boards the same colour as the deck. Use nail gun to nail boards to back of deck and balustrade posts. Use an offcut of decking as a spacer between them to allow for adequate ventilation. Add plants along front, surrounded by mulch. For project supplies, see Stockists page Photography John Halfhide; styling Jacqui Pix (TV), Vanessa Tidy (magazine); project Greg Sparke Patios Carports Decks Screen & Glass Enclosures Patio Accessories Aluminium Louvres & Slats

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