Cardan drive shafts are used in deck construction today. They are a highly regarded design because they can take high stress without warping or failing, yet keep the deck's integrity. Each shaft is made of durable materials and is designed for the deck's desired curvature.
Deckbuilding requires some degree of skill. The complexity of building a deck depends on the type of deck you are constructing. For example, koa decks are fairly simple because they can be built with only one curvature to deal with. Another popular deck type is double curvature, also known as classic decking.
Deckbuilding tools have advanced greatly over the years. As a result, there are more tools available today than were available in previous eras.
You can purchase cardan drive shafts from most hardware stores and online. A shaft with a pivot mechanism is the easiest to set up, as long as you know how to attach the first drive shafts.
In order to get a good grip on the drive shafts, place it inside the deck, securing it with screws. You should also use a Brad nail to fasten the blade to the blade box. Brads are fastened to the blade box with screws so you do not need to hammer them in. Brads can be found at hardware stores or on the Internet.
Place the drive shafts on the deck and make sure that the pivot point is set correctly. Then, secure the blade box with the screws.
Once you have placed the drive shafts on the deck, remove the screw from the blade. Start by tightening the screw to a snug fit. While holding the blade in place, gradually turn the screw until the blade starts to spin freely.
If the drive shafts spins freely while locked into place, tighten the screw until it's snug. When the blade spins freely, you are ready to start winding the cardan drive shafts.
Secure the drive shafts into place with screws again. Begin winding the cardan drive shafts by setting up the first blade and guiding it along the deck.
If the drive shafts moves, then you should tighten the screw until it is snug. If the shafts do not move, check to make sure the drive shafts is in the shafts box. If it is, you can proceed to the next blade and continue the process.
When the drive shafts are all installed, slide the shafts boxes to the deck. Screw each box in place, and then lock it in place with screws.
With the drive shafts installed, your deck is ready to be used. Cardan drive shafts are very popular among deck builders, which is why they are recommended by building experts. Many people have started their own decking businesses because of the popularity of the cardan drive shafts.