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Welding The Deck

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We laid the main decking out, ensuring a good, tight fit since the wood was still green and wet and would shrink as it dries. If your new decking is kiln-dried, leave a small gap between the boards for expansion, as they get soaked with rain. Otherwise, the wood could crack the trailer frame welds when it swells. Once we welded in the forward angle iron holding down the boards, we snapped some chalk lines where the deck bracing was and drilled holes for new 3⁄8-inch carriage bolts.