Step 5: Install the new decking

using adhesive to attach new decking
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Prime all the boards' edges and lower faces with fast-drying, oil-based primer to protect them from moisture. Squeeze a bead of polyurethane construction adhesive on all the exposed joists, then place the groove of a replacement board over the tongue of an old deck board and press the new piece into the adhesive. Toenail (pound at an angle) a stainless-steel ring-shark siding nail through the tongue of the new board and into each joist. Recess the nailheads with a nailset and hammer. Continue installing the new decking until you're ready to put in the last piece.
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    Tools List

    • belt sander
      BELT SANDER
    • hammer
      HAMMER
    • circular saw
      CIRCULAR SAW
    • table saw
      TABLE SAW
    • demolition chisel
      1-INCH DEMOLITION CHISEL
    • flat prybar
      PRY BAR
    • nailset
      NAILSET

    Shopping List

    1. DECKING

    2. OIL-BASED PRIMER

    3. POLYURETHANE CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    4. STAINLESS STEEL RING—SHANK SIDING NAILS

    5. WOOD PUTTY

    6. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    7. TACK CLOTH

    8. OIL—BASED DECK PAINT