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Decking material and orientation

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I am building a 700 sq ft deck about 14 off the ground and would appreciate your thoughts and expertise on the following:

Is Thompsonized material better than Yellawood?
What are the benefits if any of 5/4×6 compared to 2×6 decking?
Can I lay the decking at 45 degree angle with 2×8 16" joists?
Has anyone used the aluminum balusters and if so, is it best to use balusters connectors or drill holes in the rails?

thanks for your help,
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The only thing I can comment on is the 45 degree issue. Placing the joists at 16" for 45 degree decking adds a considerable amount of spring to the span. Acceptable, but not the rock solid feel if you ran them straight. I have put the joists closer when doing 45 degree decking in the past, but that increases the cost of framing considerably.

45 degree decking also considerably increases the number of precision cuts for the decking. Also, make sure your miter saw can handle the width & thickness of the lumber you're using at 45 degrees. It's really frustrating to have to make two cuts.

With all of that being said, I think 45 degree cuts add a lot of visual interest to a deck. Check out what I did.
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