Build a Deck or Build an Ark?
- Published on Friday, 29 July 2011
Authors:Gosh...I don't know at this point. It rained....no wait.....stormed for about 8 hours. In that time it rained anywhere between 5 and 6 inches of rain.
Thirty minutes into the rain storm we lost the power or as they say in Jamaica....the current. It would try to come on and then die again and again and again. We went outside (yes in the...
Nice Weather and Nice Progress
- Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Authors:Today's weather was fab-u-lous. It has been so unrelentingly hot for so long that I had forgotten what it felt like to have pleasant weather. I have no idea how long this great working weather will be here so we made the best of it.
We had several projects that we could have done today but decided to do the hardest project that would...
R's Curbside Treasure to the Rescue
- Published on Friday, 22 July 2011
Authors:We have finished the two landings despite the unbearable heat. Neither landing have the steps installed so it's rather difficult to get up onto the landings. Well not anymore.
R spotted a pool ladder that was resting at the curb waiting for trash pick up. He had a light bulb go off in his head and brought it home. He says that after we...
Just Too Hot
- Published on Thursday, 21 July 2011
Authors:This hot weather has slowed our progress down to a crawl. Our current work pattern is to go outside and water all the plants and trees and then start work on the deck. Then we usually go inside for the afternoon and back outside in the evening until it gets dark.
We have finished the landing by the kitchen door, so now both landings are...
One Landing Down, One Landing To Go
- Published on Saturday, 16 July 2011
It was unbearably hot today. What should have taken maybe 2 hours max, ended up taking all day.
The landing deck is completed (except for nailing down the last board). We have the same landing deck to complete on the south side (kitchen) tomorrow.We did lose some time today going to Home Depot to buy 5/4 boards and more joist hangers....
Left Handed Person + Right Handed Person= Broken Fingernails
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2011
Authors:First off, let me say I have no photos. I was so P.O.ed that I completely forgot to take photos of our progress.
R is left handed and I am right handed. This at times has caused problems, that is why we try to work on separate projects. This just happen to be a project that required both of us to participate, plus it is a long project.
This post is about posts
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Last night at around 8pm, R and I went back outside and dug 3 post holes. It was so much easier when it wasn't 90 degrees and sunny.
Today we positioned the posts and clamped them in place. Again the post levels came in handy. I'll try and remember to snap a photo to show you what they look like.
Once the sun was low enough in the sky to...
Pulling nails and a new oil painting
- Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Authors:It rained on and off today so we were unable to continue on with the deck rebuild. Instead we did something fun (sarcastic)......we pulled nails.
R salvaged 40 2X4's from the person who's garage we disassembled. These 2X4's are in great condition except for the fact that they were covered in nails and dry wall screws. The boards are so...
Vintage French Doors.... Score!
- Published on Sunday, 10 July 2011
Authors:I finally found a set of french doors that were the correct size for the master bedroom balcony project. The photo below shows the doors currently stored in the garage. It appears that there is only one door but there are two doors stacked against each other.
We needed doors that totaled 48 inches wide but only 70 inches tall. These...
Progress on Rebuilding Deck
- Published on Sunday, 10 July 2011
I swear we always wait until it is HOT HOT HOT outside to work on decks. You would think we had learned our lesson on B & G's deck but... oh no! Here we are on the south side of the house in 90+ degree sunny weather.Today we dig more post holes and maybe even install a few posts. After the posts are installed we will go back to...