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Building My Deck

So on a change of pace from programming, I've decided to put together a couple of articles on the trials and tribulations of building my deck on my own.

Holes in my  backyard
I had the lumber delivered last weekend, but had to wait for Monday for Alberta One Call to mark out my backyard, then wait untill thursday to have the post holes dug,  I was nervous going through a kajiji ad, but the guy was great and had the holes dug in half an hour. All in all a pretty good experiance.

 

So next up is pouring concrete for the footings, truthfully even though this took a while the whole process seemed a lot easier that I thought it would be, the only thing that really sucked is the wheelbarrow was almost the most expensive tool I bought for this job, just slightly cheaper than the miter saw.

So here's a good shot of Ryland helping me get ready to pour the cement and a shot of the fully poured footings

Ryland and his wheelbarrow.mixing cemetepoured footings

 

Next up the ledger, unfortunatly this ended up being a big pain in the neck. Yesterday (Friday) I ended up getting next to nothing done just because I had to make trip after trip out to get things I was missing. Sort a couple of lag shield, no 1/2 inch bit in my drill kit, etc..... and finally by 8:00 at night I had 3 holes done!

ledger lag holes

So when I finally got outside today to finish the job, I tried for about an hour with the hammer drill I bought (really cheap) and was sick of it by that time, I had issues with the bit staying in the chuck, which after a quick search online turned out to be a common problem with cheap hammer drills... go figure.

So by this time David had arrived and spend up untill lunch time driving from home depot to home depot trying to find one that had an available hammer drill to rent, finally got one at shawnessy, and headed back home to finish drilling, man I wish I had done that in the first place, about 1 1/2 hours later David and I had finally finished drilling all the holes. Much nicer than the 45 minutes per hole my other drill was taking.

 

Attaching the ledgerFinally it was time to Ryland and Tristan to take over and give David and my backs and shoulders a break from using the hammer drill... you don't feel it at the time, but drilling those holes that close to the ground does a number on your knees, back and shoulder.

So it was about time to take back the drill so David helped Ryland and Tristan finish off while I drove off to Home Depot for like my fith time in two days.

 

By the time I got back Cory had arrived and we had a beer and imagined just how beautifull the deck would look in a few days! I was sore and procrastinating.

After supper went out to start laying out the posts and checking the clearance, it looks like I'm going to be running into problems, my one footing is about an inch to high for the ledger to rest on, not quite sure what I'm going to do to fix it... It's going to be a huge issues as it's the one right in the middle of the rear joist on my deck. I have a few ideas I'm thinking about, but I'll have to see what I decide tomorrow.

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