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One solution to bringing the outside in and maximising the enjoyment of your garden this summer is to create a decked area that runs seamlessly between your living space and outside area.
TV designer and renovation guru Ben Hillman has joined forces with DIY experts Black & Decker to produce a step by step guide for building garden decking using the new Black & Decker High Performance range of power tools.
Highlights of the new range include the lightweight and compact Cordless 10.8v Drill Driver, Impact Driver and Reciprocating Saw, all with Lithium Ion technology to ensure the tools are ready to use when you need them and last for the duration of the job.
Ben Hillman’s Guide to Building Decking:

Ben explains: “To get started you’ll need to establish the size and placement of the decking. Begin by creating the outer frame of the decking and joists using the Black & Decker® High Performance 10.8v Cordless Drill Driver and secure with decking screws.

• Next set in place the posts to support the frame that you have built. Cut these roughly to length by hand and position as appropriate. Once the cut ends have been treated with wood preserver and fixed in position the frame can be screwed to the posts using two decking screws per post. As you will be screwing into deep timber the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Impact Driver should be used to make light work of the job

• Then cut the upright posts down so that they are flush with the framework. This would be an opportune moment to put into action the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Reciprocating Saw

• You now have a firm framework in place into which you can start securing the decking boards in position using the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Drill Driver. Before fixing any facing boards over the end of the decking you can trim down any overhanging boards with the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Reciprocating Saw”
With your decking complete it’s time to fire up the barbeque and invite over family and friends to enjoy the new space!
BLACK & DECKER® is a registered trademark of the Black & Decker® Corporation
HPL106K Cordless Drill Driver – RRP £129.99, available from B&Q
HPL10IMK Cordless Impact Driver – RRP £129.99, available from B&Q
HPL10RSK Cordless Reciprocating Saw - RRP £129.99, available from B&Q

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