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Deck Throwdown

02 Aug

..I thought we were too far north for cicadas..but it appears not as this little guy showed up while we were working on the deck today.

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..the 1/2 way point for the deck base..

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With all the levelling done throwing down the actual deck takes no time at all…OK, so it DOES take time but it is not overly complicated due to us putting the deck only a foot off the ground. Our place is on blocks right now and in the future we will be putting in a foundation..so we did not want to put the deck on concrete and settled on railway ties dug into the ground and secured..then we put a 2×8 piece of pressure treated wood on top. This way in a year or 2 we can unscrew some screws and haul the deck out of the way when it gets time to do the foundation work ( then the deck will go on concrete!)

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..A* walks on the deck for the first time..the decking is not secured at this point..

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.and parially screwed in. We are only using a rechargable drill..so we get an hour out of it then put it back on the charger..the top decking is around 1/3 done now so 2-3 more recharges tomorrow and we should be all done. Decks..took us 2 days to get the area levelled and we did most of the work in 5 hours today..sure it is only a 16×16 deck and not raised but still!!..but then again I do love completed projects so who am I to complain!

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Construction

 

6 responses to “Deck Throwdown

  1. kymber

    August 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    that deck looks awesome and looks like the one we built, with the help of jambaloney’s step-dad. we love our deck and we built ours with the same idea in mind – just get it done and worry about raising it, moving it, or whatever in a few years. like i said – it looks great and you’ll really enjoy it!

    your friend,
    kymber

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

      yeah…when I saw the pictures you guys had it finaliozed my plan..nothing like seeing a completed job to help finalize a choice!

      thanks kymber!

       
  2. jambaloney

    August 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    i was expecting some witty wrestling/street-fighting humor when you said throw-down.. dang!

    looks awesome – you used concrete blocks and gravel how blueblood of you!!!

    looks awesome egb – really happy for you – your place is coming along great – nice to see you and A* enjoy it so!!!

    p.s. – you are missing a plank dude!!!

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

      sorry..we were sorta rushed so I did not get to put A* into a camel-clutch on the deck yet..not to mention the installation of the turnbuckle!

      Just 2 concrete blocks to prevent the end from flopping around in case there is 20 people on the end @ some point..they were lying around so I thought I would use 2 of em but besides that the deck is sitting on railway ties

      yeah..it looks real sweet..was away for a week and when I came back it was the first time I really saw it from afar and it looks sweet..we love having a place to sit where we are not on a slope..now we just need to finish our slopeless yard!

      take care!

       
  3. Robin

    August 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    How lovely! That looks like a good deck for some beer drinking. ;)

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      September 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

      awwww..yeah! It is also a good sobriety test..if you are not walking level it is easy to tell..in the past most people looked drunk as they walked due to the hills and valleys in the yard..now it is easy to tell when someone has not had enough to drink!

       

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