Australian Decks & Pergolas Construction Manual
by Allan Staines

(Australian Publication)
7th Edition Revised

210 x 297mm

Published by Pinedale Press, Caloundra, QLD


ISBN 9781875217106


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As reviewed in House & HOME Issue 21

Allan Staines, the well-known author of the very popular The Australian Owner Builders Manual, The Australian Renovators Manual, How to be a Successful Owner Builder and Renovator, House Building the Easy Hebel Way and The Australian Roof Building Manual, has released his latest book, The Australian Decks and Pergolas Construction Manual.

Australian Decks and Pergolas follows the tradition of Allan Staines' previous books in that it covers a large amount of construction detail, is well-illustrated with ink sketches, endeavours to cover its topic as comprehensively as possible and, most importantly, all the information conforms to Australian Codes and requirements.

The book is roughly divided into two sections, the first on decks and the second on pergolas. Each section starts with designing and estimating, looking at the different basic designs, the requirements for Council approval, basic terminology and timber qualities such as stress rating and treatment levels. After the preferred design for the deck or pergola has been chosen, there are step-by-step details of its construction, including handrails, balustrades and steps.

At the end of Australian Decks and Pergolas, there are a number of tables, covering post and stirrup footing sizes, deck bearer and stair stringer sizes, roof beam and rafter span tables, design loads of various fastening brackets, cyclonic strength ratings for various components and other information essential to the successful design of a deck or pergola.

The Australian Decks and Pergolas Construction Manual is an invaluable reference for any homeowner intending to build, or hire someone to build, a deck or pergola.

Illustrations: Black & White


Designing & Estimating
Designing Decks & Pergolas
Preparing Plans for Council
Terminology & Abbreviations
Timbers to Use
Building Decks in Bushfire Prone Areas
Estimating the Cost

Deck Designs

Deck Construction
Decks Low to the Ground
Footings & Post Supports
Post to Bearer Connections
Making Housings in Round Posts
Attaching Joists to Bearers
Attaching Decks to Walls
Bracing Decks
Concealing Bracing
Laying Decking (Flooring)
Waterproof & Tiled Decks
Building Outdoor Steps
Handrailing & Construction Details

How to Build Decks
How to Build Decks Attached to the House
How to Build a Freestanding Deck

Designing PergoIas
Pergola Design Ideas

PergoIa Construction
Pergola Construction with or without Roof Cladding
Preparing a Plan
Pergola Posts, Columns & Footings
Post-to-Bearer Connections
Beam-to-Post Connections
Rafter-to-Beam Connections
Attaching Pergolas to the House
Bracing Pergolas

How to Build a PergoIa
Painting & Preserving Decks & Pergolas

Deck & PergoIa Tables
Tables 4, 5 & 6 Deck & Pergola Post Footing Sizes
Table 7 Post Sizes for Decks or Pergolas
Table 8 Deck Bearer Sizes
Table 9 Deck Joists
Table 10 Decking (Deck Flooring) & Fastenings
Table 11, 12 Stair Stringers & Treads
Table 13, 14, 15 Handrail Sizes & Spans
Table 16 Fastenings for Balusters/Infills
Table 17 Pergola Beams N1 to N2 (Non. Cycl.)
Table 18 Pergola Beams C1 (Cyclonic)
Table 19 Pergola Rafters N1 to N2(Non Cyclonic)
Table 20 Pergola Rafters C1 (Cyclonic)
Table 21 Pergola Roof Battens
Table 22 Pryda Post Anchors
Table 23 & 24 Pryda Bracket Sizes & Selection Chart