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Deck Building Day 4

calgary stampeders

So Since Thursday ended up with no time to work on the deck since we went over to some friends in the afternoon and the Stamps had their opening game last night, I had to wait untill today to finish off the base of the deck.

I had big hopes today, It felt like I could get pretty close to finishing the deck off.

 

So first of all it was to finish off the last 6 joists on the corner.

 

This process seemed to go pretty well, my major concern was the best way to attach the joists to the corner since regular joist hangers just didn't seem to work, I tried "altering" them to work, but it was mostly a failed effort.

The skewed angle joist hanger was kind of a failure too as you can see in the far left of this picture, they are made for a 45 degree angle and they suck at anything outside of that, and I wasn't going to pay $8 a hanger to beat the crap out of it.


In that image you can also see the hurricane ties that I've been using to secure the joists to the beam, at 70 cents a piece they are pretty cheap and seem to work pretty good at securing the joist to the beam, much better than toenailing the joist as I've always been horrible at toenailing joints.

So since the joist hangers didn't really seem to work to well this is what I settled on.


Yeah, you can't really see much of it in the picture, but it sure looks a lot more elegant than the skewed joist hanger! basically I used a hurricane tie on the right hand side to secure the joist to the beam, and allow me to hammer the angle into it's proper position, then I drove two three inch screwes from the frame into the beam. On some of them I added an extra nail toenailed into the top side of the joist if I needed to straighten one of the boards a bit... two of them come to mind....

This seemed to give me some good stability on the joist and it definitly seemed to fit together a bit better than anything else I tried.

 

The only other thing I did was I added a few support blocks to the joist on the far left, just since I didn't trust the skewed hanger I used and this is where the main traffic area of the deck would be as it was the intersection of the up and down stairs to the deck.

Here are a few shots of the bracings:

 

and after that there wasn't to much excitement untill I finished of the base:

And unfortunatly it was at this time it started to rain a bit, not very much, but just enough to chase me inside. That and the mosquitowes were starting to drive me insane. So I should be able to start laying deckboards tomorrow and I might actually have a deck to sit on by tomorrow night!

 

And how about those bombers! They actually looked like a cohesive team for the first time in a long, long time, it was a great game to watch!

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