Step 7: Install the last piece

putting the last board in place
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Tilt the trimmed piece and slide its tongue all the way into the groove of the old decking. Gently tap the groov side into place until it rests on top of the adjacent tongue. Drive the siding nails vertically, down through the face of the new piece and in line with the joist-location marks. Pound the heads below the wood surface with a nailset and fill with putty.
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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