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Deck height in relation to termite barrier

Hi There,
I am planning on building a low deck in an area surrounded on 3 sides by external walls of my house. The walls are brick veneer with the usual termite barrier two bricks up form the footings.

Question by Cameron Nobes

Balustrading required?

Hello, I have a deck that is 800mm from the ground - so theoretically does not need balustrading. I want to put a fixed bench seat around the periphery - both for extra seating and as a physical barrier to prevent falling/tipping off deck.

This fixed seating would be 450mm from the deck floor ie 1250mm from ground height. I do not want to have to put a seat back on the bench seating.

Do I now need balustrading behind the bench seating to comply with building laws?

Thank you

Question by Lisa Hughes

Decking handrails failing so want replacement materials

Have existing decking with failing hand-rails, cracking and affected by Cockeys chewing up wood. Possibly Oregon rails. Want to know something more durable to replace the existing hand-rail timber with.

Question by mjbeale50

Decking - Permit requirements

Hi, I want to have a small deck built onto the side of our house, and we want it to adhere to the requirements of our local council (Darebin) so that our application will be granted a permit, but I am unable to find out what the can do's/can't do's are. Ie distance from boundary fence. Is there a resource for this information? I can't find it on any local council websites in Victoria.

Question by Charlotte Tizzard

Aluminium balustrading


I'm hoping to use aluminium pool fencing (vertical poles as sold by Bunnings) for deck railing (approx 2 metres off the ground) with a horizontal timber railing above it.

Can you please confirm this material is legal to use for this.

Question by Chris Thamm

Sloping for existing deck

We have a second uncovered story walking deck that is currently covered with roofing paper/shingle. It puddles when it rains. It's really hot to walk on in the summer. We want to use the space all year long. How can it be slopped and what type of flooring? It faces north.

Question by Melissa

Sub Structure for external deck.

Hi I am planning an external deck at +/- ground level., I have quantities of 100 x 50 x 3mm & 50 x 50 x 3mm galvanised RHS available, to build 8 m x 5 m deck, then clad with 19 mm recycled Jarrah., with 5 mm gaps. What centres ought I work to ?? Thanks,

Question by Cliff Giles

Can I apply a water based decking oil to timber previously oiled with oil based

I need to re-oil my deck which has been previously been oiled using an oil based decking oil. Am I able to apply a water based oil over the top of this. The deck is in perfect condition but I want to keep the oil up to it in the warm weather to stop any cracking.

Question by Peter

How long should it take to clean and oil a deck that's approx 50m2

I had a hardwood deck built (approx 50m2) about 6 months ago. It needs re-oiling. Are you able to tell me approximately how many hours it should take to:
tighten the decking screws, clean the deck with Deck clean and then apply 3-4 coats of decking oil?

Question by Andrew

BAL40 regulations and non-combustible decking

Hello, do I have to comply to BAL40 building regulations if our property does not fall within a bushfire management zone with our Council? Also, if so, what non combustible options do we have to build a deck with?

Thank you

Question by Sophie

When to stain and oil a new deck?

Hi :)
My question is... We just completed our deck. I like to know when to oil ?
Can I oil it straight away or wait 6 to 8 weeks until timber settles?
Also, when it comes to oil.. there is the natural or brown ..which one is better ?

Thanking you in advance.

Question by Joanna Zakarian

Veranda railing height

Hi, I'm looking at buying a new house in qld, and the railing on the 2nd story veranda is only 860 mm from the floor to the top of the top rail.
I am wonder what the minimum height should Be. The house is 35 years old so I know it won't meet any current standard.

Question by Matthew