Now, where was I? Right, so we had no deck at after tearing down the rotted one and it was time to build a new one. Armed with some new wood, hardware and beer I set forth to build me a deck.
I pretty much stuck with the same dimensions and just recreated what was there. I did do a few things I differently, like using actual joist hangers and putting the right amount of lag screws in the ledger board that attached to the house, and installing proper flashing. It ended up much stouter than the previous deck and will hopefully last a long time, at least until when I am too old and decrepit to do it myself, at that point I’ll just drink the beer and watch hired help while annoying them with stories of how I once was young and could build a deck myself. Overall, I think it turned pretty good, though my professional builder and carpenter friends might see some things that they would have done differently. As a bonus I was able to recycle some of the old deck to build new steps for the back patio. So the backside got some lovin’ too, as it should be.
After it was built, It was almost a year before I stained it. A combination of waiting for the treated wood to dry out and good ol’ procrastination. Linda Cottin recommended, at Cottin’s Hardware, Cabot stain and that is what I used. I also used it for our front door project. Now you are caught up to where I currently am.
This summer, the final episode in the deck journey will play out—cable railings.
The beginning of “phase II” started when I got to drive home with a some long ass boards hanging out.
Joists have been “sistered” as they call it. Which is just two pieces attached to make one thick beam. Then I hoisted them up and put them in place. The short supports in between are called bridging, I think.
You can see I started on the decking. The white siding above the garage door is new cedar that has been primed. The thing I learned about cedar siding, that shit ain’t cheap.
And the view from above.
On these long boards I used the pipe clamp to pull in the ones that bowed a little, so the spacing was equal all along the boards. I learned that you space them closer than you think to allow for shrinkage.
Decking all installed on the thin part of the deck we like to call the plank. Which without any railing, it kind of is. Who wants to play pirate?
The chalk line is where I ran the circular saw to even up all the board edges.
I did have to replace some wood at the corner of the garage door frame as well.
I accidentally left this joist hanger sitting here and put the decking over it. I’m not going to take that plank back off so it is now a permanent part of the deck.
I added some “fancy” touches by adding some trim, with bevelled edges even.
Pretty much all built at this point. There sits the old deck, looking up thinking, “So that is my replacement.” I did pull all the good boards from the old deck and built some new steps for the back door.
Necessary deck building supplies.
Prepped for staining. After letting the treated wood dry out, and after procrastinating, I finally got around to staining the deck. Tarps make the place look real nice don’t they?
I used the same stain I used on the front door project. You know, to be all matchy matchy.
I recycled some of the old deck to make new steps for the back patio. These steps passed Kitty code as approved by inspector Bella.