I am glad that the deck building phase is complete. Looking back, it is fun to reminisce looking at some of the photos; but it is my hope that some of the articles I published will also help others who are considering either rebuilding their deck, or building a new one.
Dave and Bill are very experienced carpenters, and it showed during the construction process. For example, once the layout for the South landing was complete, the post footings poured and the posts set, Dave would tackle the rest of the build:
Meanwhile, Bill would be drilling holes for the screws, prior to attaching spindles to the railing in completed sections of the deck:
Every rail was attached with screws, using rail hangers; and every spindle was beveled to match the angle of the railing, which was usually 30°:
We like the new patio just outside the Family Room. Sandy suggested that the deck above it would help keep the pavers cool in the Summer; they sure did, especially during days when the thermometer hit 99°F:
In areas where the land was steep, rock on top of landscape fabric will not only keep weeds out, but also will help prevent erosion, as water can easily flow between the large rocks:
Brackets were used to minimize movement of the 2″ x 12″ joists during the build of the 18 x 20 foot deck area in front of the kitchen and above the patio:
Bill’s tool pouch atop a bunch of spindles during lunch break — it carries just about all the hand tools and a large amount of screws needed during the build:
Each and every spindle, 864 total, was installed making sure it was perfectly vertical:
The next two photos show the dramatic change between the old deck and the new one. The first photo shows the area after demolishing the landing at poolside:
From the same angle, the new deck shows the improvements:
As I mentioned above, the deck just outside the kitchen is an enlarged deck; we look forward to enjoying this new area (and the shaded area below, where the new patio is located):
Thanks for sticking with me this far. Now I will struggle to get back to a regular routine, as several projects in the shop await me. We will also start preparations to attend Woodworking in America in Cincinnati in early October.
— Al Navas