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!