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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 benefit of using 2×6 versus 5/4 is that it is slightly less prone to checking. Most of the decks that I have built using 45 degree decking has either been trex, or 2×6. 5/4 will work, but it won't be as solid of a deck.

I have used the fasteners, and drilled holes for the aluminum ballusters and can say that is't all down to your preference. The obvious benefit of not using the fasteners is that you save money. When using the fasteners for a rail going down a set of stairs, you have to make sure you get the correct pitch for them, otherwise assembly of the rail will be a real pain.
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