Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend On The Deck

Since this past weekend was the hottest weekend of the year, you might be picturing us having a lazy weekend sitting on the deck with drinks in our hands. But...we had no deck.So John's son G, daughter in law (DIL), and Miss M joined us for a deck building weekend. I feel it necessary to repeat that it was the hottest weekend of the year. Not a cloud in the sky. But we Harleys are troopers. I also should mention that the last time we did this, we were all 11 years younger. That fact did not seem significant to some of us at first, but as the weekend went on, it became evident that age does matter! Start of Day One:It was decided that the deck would be 10 feet wide by 40 feet long. There was some debate about making an L shape, but in the end I stuck with my original plan. We built it in 4 sections of 10 feet by 10 feet. Speaking of feet, here is what DIL considers protective footwear:We hung 28 joists, which meant we had to hammer in 56 joist hangers. There are 14 nail holes in each joist hanger. That means....DIL and I hammered in 784 nails!!End of Day One:It doesn't look like much progress, but all the holes were dug for the cement blocks holding the 4x4s, the existing laundry deck was removed from the house and a support post put in, 3 of the 10 x 10 boxes were made, and joists were hung in two of the boxes. Day Two was hotter than Day One, and we were drinking gallons of water. Here is the completion of the first 10 x 10 square:Yes, we broke child labour laws. Miss M wanted to help, and here she is pulling staples from the end of the deck boards. We had 90 deck boards, with 18 screws in each board. You know what that means? That means we screwed in 1620 screws!! The last screw nail goes in. But wait! We're short one deck board.So, we're not officially finished but close enough for celebrations. G collapses in the wheelbarrow (he did twice the work the rest of us did!)And "Baba" (aka John) jumps in the pool with Miss M:And what did I do to celebrate? I hit the shower and then sat on my new deck with a drink in my hand! Thank you, thank you to G and DIL (and Miss M too!) for their blood (DIL stepping on a rebar in her thongs), sweat (all of us sweating buckets) and tears (me lapsing into mild hysteria at pizza break on Day 2). We love you guys, and we love our new deck!


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Beautiful deck! How did we ever live without them before, huh?

I love the wheelbarrow and pool pictures. And I can't wait to sit on your new deck with you! See you soon!

aliceinparis said...

WONDERFUL!! You will get a lot of use out of that marvellous deck. I cannot believe you worked so hard in that heat! It was brutal.
Great job done by all!

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Cosmic-codiaC said...

Deck looks good! Pretty massive deck. Have you compared sizes to the last deck you built? This one looks a lot longer, maybe not as difficult since it's only one level, but like you said you guys are a decade older! :-P
Next step would be to do the fence around the yard :-P
Hopefully I'll be able to chillax with you guys on it sometime soon!
Love Cody

Jennifer said...

LOVE it! We have a deck, but it's too small. You've inspired me to DIY a new, larger deck!

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Christian Renwick said...

You finished the deck all by yourselves? That's impressive! And you have a point. Sitting with a drink in a lazy weekend is more enjoyable if you have deck. You have a great location for one since you have a spacious yard, and it seems that your place gives you fresh air to breathe. How's this deck been after a few years?

Christian Renwick @Altitude Fence And Deck